Researchers of the Media Influence Matrix

Mariia Altergot is a Russian CMDS intern and she works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. She’s enrolled at the CEU School of Public Policy, focusing on the role of the Internet in democracies and strategic political communications. Before coming to CEU, she completed an undergraduate degree in political science and policy and communications at the American University in Bulgaria.

Veronika Gladchuk is a CMDS intern and she works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project, following her personal interest in how media and journalism influence societies and communities in today’s digital age. She is currenty a BA student in communication and media. Before interning at CMDS, Veronika worked as a marketing intern for a Budapest gallery and she also worked as a coder for the Populism Research Group at CEU.

Ian Graham is a CMDS intern and he works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. He’s currently a Master's candidate in public policy at CEU. He specializes in media development, with a particular interest in good governance and anti-corruption. Prior to attending CEU, Ian worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), where he provided research support for projects on human rights and democracy worldwide. He also holds an M.A. in nationalism studies from CEU and a B.A. in history from Utah State University.

Giorgi Jangiani is a student of European Public Policy (MUNDUS MAPP) at Central European University, interested in European Union affairs and governance reforms. He holds an M.A. in Diplomacy and a BA in International Relations from Ivane Javaxishvili Tbilisi State University. Before commencing his graduate studies at CEU, Giorgi worked on Euro- Atlantic integration issues at Georgia's Reforms Associates - GRASS. There he focused on the integration of Eastern European countries to the EU, as well as regional security & political trends. While at CEU, he also continues to work for the Georgian Strategic Analysis Center (GSAC) on Georgia- Russia relations. His current research is related to the EU's anti-corruption policy in public procurement and public-private partnerships. He speaks English, Russian, and Georgian, and has participated in multiple conferences concerning the current political and security challenges in Eastern Partnership countries. He became a fellow of The German Marshall Fund “Triennial Transatlantic Leaders” in 2017 and a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's "Eastern Partnership Excellency" in 2016. 

Cristina Mogildea is a CMDS intern and she works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. With a background in social sciences, Cristina’s academic interests range from sociology and political communication to media and women’s studies. She has worked for both national and international organizations and dived into the field of journalism while still a teenager.

Adil Nussipov is a research intern working on the Media Influence Matrix project at CMDS. He recently graduated with distinction from Central European University with a Master of Arts in International Relations. Before CEU, he did his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. He has gained extensive experience in working as a research assistant throughout his studies. He also interned at the International Center for Not-for-profit Law, where he studied the effects of anti-money laundering standards on civil society regulations in different countries. His research interests are global governance, international organizations, quantitative research methodology and government-media relations.

Sanda Sandu is a CMDS intern and she works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. She studied at the Riga Graduate School of Law in the Advanced Program in Law and Economics. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree at the School of Public Policy, Central European University. Sanda is actively involved in policy-making in the Republic of Moldova. She acts as security expert at the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Moldova, and in 2014, she created the Students’ National Anti-corruption Centre, a platform that aims to prevent corruption from the education sector, receiving for two years in a row, 2015 and 2016 the National Prize for Best anti-corruption practice. She has also published a series of articles and policy studies covering subjects regarding military justice, security sector reform, analyzing corruption’s implications on security and defence in the Republic of Moldova.

Mitch Thibault is a CMDS intern and works as a researcher for the Media Influence Matrix project. He is a Master’s candidate in public policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and currently on exchange at CEU’s School of Public Policy for the Fall. He is interested in government and strategic communications, as well as media regulation and the role of the Internet in policy-making. His more general policy interests apart from media include environmental and energy policy in Canada. This past summer, Mitch was a Communications intern with Treasury Board Secretariat at the Ontario Public Service. He holds a B.A (Hons) from Queen’s University in Political Studies with a minor in French Studies.

Eszter Varga is a CMDS intern, and she works for the Media Influence Matrix project as a researcher. Eszter’s academic interests include political sociology, digital democracies, contemporary social movements, and political psychology. She also conducted a research internship at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences within the field of political psychology, where she  investigated the connections between voter emotions and populism. She is currently an undergraduate student at University College London, studying social sciences.