Larisa Doroshenko

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  • Dissertator
  • Communication Science
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My research and teaching interests are centered on the effects of new media on political campaigning, with a particular focus on social media engagement strategies of populist far-right parties. My dissertation lies at the intersection of digital campaigning by social movements and parties, comparing the use of digital media by political actors in Ukraine and analyzing citizens’ reactions to populist and nationalist messages on social media. To assess online campaigning strategies and coalition-building, I used content and network analyses of web-pages. To examine reaction to populist parties’ messages, I conducted an experimental survey at the National University of Kyiv–Mohyla Academy with grant support from the Open Society Foundation and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.  My dissertation advances the theory of connective action logic, which investigates the role of digital media in organizing collective action, as well as improves understanding of individuals’ behavioral mechanisms in spreading populist and nationalist messages online.

I am an active member of the Social Media and Democracy (SMAD) research group at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where my colleagues and I work on several of projects devoted to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Debates and Elections, including activities of the Russian Internet Research Agency, using traditional content and computational linguistic analyses of mass and social media in combination with time series modeling. In my free time I enjoy volunteering with the International Reach and the Language Institute at local schools, where I teach students interesting facts about Eastern Europe or help them with practicing Russian.


  • M.A. Communication Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
  • M.S. Media and Communication Science, Mid Sweden University, 2011
  • B.A. Journalism, Belarusian State University, 2009


  • Top Paper in Political Communication , Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication , 2018
  • Research Prize for Professional Relevance , Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication , 2018
  • Elizabeth Warner Risser Fellowship , The Madison branch of the American Association of University Women , 2018
  • Student Research Travel Grant , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2017
  • Civil Society Scholar Award , Open Society Foundation , 2016
  • Graduate Student Research Travel Award , Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia , 2016
  • Elliott Dissertation Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2016
  • Helen K. Herman Memorial Fund Scholarship , University of Wisconsin-Madison , 2014
  • Global Supplementary Grant , Open Society Foundation , 2013
  • Visby Program Scholarship , Swedish Institute , 2009


  • "Doroshenko, L., Schneider, T., Kofanov, D., Xenos, M., Scheufele, D., & Brossard, D. (2018). Ukrainian nationalist parties and connective action: Analysis of electoral campaigning and social media sentiments." Information, Communication & Society , .
  • "Doroshenko, L. (2018). Far-Right Parties in the European Union and Media Populism: A Comparative Analysis of 10 Countries During European Parliament Elections." International Journal of Communication , 12, 3186-3206 , .


  • Digital Media and Political Communication
  • Theory and Practice of Group Discussion
  • Theory and Practice of Persuasion
  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Speech Composition
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