Laura Jakli is a Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University and at the Program on Democracy and the Internet, and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a research associate at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, a data consultant at D-Lab Berkeley, and an affiliate of the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, and the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. From January to August 2018, she was a visiting researcher at University College London, Department of Security and Crime Science through the EU VOX-Pol program.
Her research examines emerging threats to democracy, focusing on political extremism and authoritarian encroachment. Her dissertation draws on digital survey and ad experiments and machine learning techniques to examine the relationship between digital politics and political radicalization. Her related research examines how digital networks shape migration patterns and refugee behavior.
Her published work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly and the Virginia Journal of International Law, along with an edited volume in Democratization (Oxford University Press). Her research has recently been featured in the following news outlets: KQED/NPR, The Washington Post, and VICE News.
She holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Cornell University (2014) and an M.A. (with Distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley (2016).