Regan Johnston

Junior Affiliate (PhD)

I would like to be considered for a junior affiliate position with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS) because of its resources that allow for collaboration, scholarship, and funding opportunities for members of its organization. I am currently a first year PhD student studying radicalization and hate speech using big data from social media and would like to connect with other researchers for data tips and funding strategies.
I completed my master’s thesis on Radicalization in Canada where I reviewed the 2014 Parliament Hill shooting and the 2014 ramming attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. My research focused on the political discourse in the aftermath of the attacks. I also completed a certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics from Ryerson University in order to gain the quantitative skills required for my PhD research.
Outside of academia, I volunteer for Midaynta Community Services, a Toronto based non-profit that holds an annual conference on youth radicalization and community resilience, where I am on the planning committee for the upcoming conference on youth resiliency. This role has involved organizing the speaker panels, formulating the criteria for conference proposal submissions, as well as recruiting conference attendees. Prior to this involvement, I provided research and writing support for Midaynta’s Youth Resiliency, Hate, Racism, and Radicalization conference report. Both this experience as well as my academic background, have allowed me to structure my career goals of producing research that benefits community organizations.

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Regan Johnston is currently a PhD student in Political Science at McMaster University. Her thesis will focus on the issue of radicalization and hate speech and will utilize using big data from social media. She is eager to connect with other researchers for data tips and funding strategies.

Johnston completed her master’s thesis at University of Glasgow on Radicalization in Canada where she reviewed the 2014 Parliament Hill shooting and the 2014 ramming attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and focused her research on the political discourse in the aftermath of the attacks.

Regan also completed a certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics from Ryerson University in order to gain the quantitative skills in preparation of her PhD research.

Outside of academia, Johnston volunteers for Midaynta Community Services, a Toronto based non-profit that holds an annual conference on youth radicalization and community resilience, where she serves on the planning committee for the upcoming conference on youth resiliency. This role has involved organizing the speaker panels, formulating the criteria for conference proposal submissions, as well as recruiting conference attendees. Prior to this involvement, she provided research and writing support for Midaynta’s Youth Resiliency, Hate, Racism, and Radicalization conference report. Both this experience as well as her academic background, have allowed her to structure her career goals of producing research that benefits community organizations.

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