Larisa Doroshenko

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  • Teaching Assistant
  • Communication Science
Office Hours:
  • Wednesdays 12 noon - 1 pm
  • Thursdays 3 - 4 pm
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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 and far-right parties. My dissertation lies at the intersection of digital campaigning by social movements and by political parties, comparing digital media use by political actors in Ukraine and analyzing citizens’ reactions to nationalist messages. In my research, I used content and network analyses to assess online campaigning strategies and coalition-building, as well as conducted an experimental survey at the National University of Kyiv–Mohyla Academy with support by grants from the Open Society Foundation and from the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia. My research 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 of spreading far-right messages in social media.

I am a part of the Social Media and Democracy (SMAD) research group at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where we currently work on a couple of projects about 2016 Presidential Debates and Elections, using machine learning, natural language processing, and time series analysis.  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


  • Civil Society Scholar Award , Open Society Foundation , 2016
  • Graduate Student Research Travel Award , Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia , 2016
  • Global Supplementary Grant , Open Society Foundation , 2013
  • Visby Program Scholarship , Swedish Institute , 2009


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