Presidential Fellows


TCV presidential fellows are competitively selected from all university doctoral students based on research interests, skill sets, and productivity level.

dd Dariga Abilova is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her research interests include populist rhetoric and its effects on electoral outcomes, Uighur unrest in China, and state and identity building in multicultural societies, particularly in Kazakhstan and in former Soviet Union states.

dilan_sinem_basaranDilan Sinem Basaran is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication. She is a Research Fellow of Georgia State University's Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative, and her research interests include political, economic, and cultural influences in news framing of Middle East conflicts in a comparative international context; international communication; and strategic communication campaigns of extremists. She is fluent in Turkish and English, and also speaks Spanish and German.
A. Betus - HS v2Allison Betus is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication. Her research interests include prejudice formation and reduction, radicalization and de-radicalization of hate groups and terrorist organizations, and member recruitment and retention in hate groups and terrorist organizations.
chelsea-daymonChelsea Daymon is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication. Her research interests include Islamic movements, terrorism, foreign fighters related to conflicts, radicalization and de-radicalization. She is also the Executive Producer of The Loopcast, a weekly show that focuses on issues facing national security, international affairs, and information security. She has had the opportunity to travel and live extensively overseas and holds an M.A. in Near and Middle Eastern studies from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an honorary M.A. from Cambridge University (UK), and a B.A. in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University (UK).

A. Dicker - HSAaron Dicker is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication. He earned his M.A. in Rhetorical Analysis and Criticism from Ball State University and his B.A. in Political Rhetorical Theory from DePauw University. His research interests include the impact of visual imagery in shaping government policy and the collective trauma of mass atrocity. He previously worked for the Quality Enhancement Plan at Wiley College where he implemented curriculum utilizing academic debate as a conflict resolution and educational tool.

K. El Damanhoury - HSKareem El Damanhoury is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication. His research interests include comparative news framing of conflicts in the Middle East by American and Arab news outlets, analyzing media policy and use of social media by terrorist groups, terrorist portrays in popular culture. He is fluent in Arabic and English. He has previously been a TV producer of talk shows, television news, and documentary films. He has previously worked at the United Nations headquarters in New York City in their department of Public Information.

El Karhili v2Nagham El Karhili is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Communication. She is fluent in Arabic, French, Spanish and English; Nagham's research interests include intercultural communication with specific application to the Middle East. She has previous experience as a Public Relations specialist in Dubai.

M. Jablonski - HS (preferred)Michael Jablonski is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication. His research concentrates on the political economy of information employed by violent political extremist, exploitation by violent political extremist of incumbent practices in western, online media, and the establishment of radical and extremist identities over time through discourses that interact with less radical communities.

W. Kalczkowki HS 2Wojciech Kaczkowski is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Psychology. He earned his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from University of Georgia and his M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University. His research interests focus on gender-based violence, violence between "native" and immigrant groups, and how 1.5-generation immigrants (those who immigrate as children or teenagers) form their cultural identities.

Ann Martin v2Ana Martin is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her research interests include Latin American politics, human rights, and democratization, which a specific interest in the lingering effects of military dictatorships and the current impact of inter-state violence associated with narcotics cartels and gangs in the region.
Mohammed Moussad is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science. His research interests include image processing, image database retrieval, automatic tagging, parallel and sequential algorithm design and wireless network.

daniel-snookDaniel Snook is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Community Psychology. Daniel graduated from the University of Florida Honors College with a B.S. in Psychology and from the University of North Florida with an M.A. in Psychology. His research interests lie in the psychology of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies, specifically recruitment to and engagement in violent Islamist extremist groups, and subsequent disengagement. He is also interested in the role that conversion to Islam plays in the processes of radicalization and violent extremism.