Dr Tanya Lokot


Dr Tanya (Tetyana) Lokot is an Associate Professor in Digital Media and Society at the School of Communications. A native of Ukraine, she researches threats to digital rights, networked authoritarianism, digital resistance, internet freedom and internet governance in Eastern Europe. She is the author of Beyond the Protest Square: Digital Media and Augmented Dissent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), an in-depth study of protest and digital media in Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.

She is currently PI (Project Coordinator) on the MEDIATIZED EU project (H2020-SC6-TRANSFORMATIONS-2020 GA no: 101004534).

Tanya’s research has been published in Information, Communication & Society; Social Media + Society; Digital Journalism; Surveillance & Society; Misinformation Review; Irish Studies in International Affairs; Partecipazione et Conflitto; Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and Post-Soviet Affairs. She has contributed to Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report, and currently contributes research to the Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index. She has presented her research at multiple international conferences, including ICA, AoIR, IAMCR and ECREA. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy and The Irish Independent, and she frequently contributes expert commentary to Wired, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CodaStory and Bloomberg.

Prior to embarking on a research career, she worked as a journalist, non-profit consultant, and media trainer in Ukraine, Belarus, and Georgia, and speaks fluent English, Ukrainian, and Russian. In 2014-2016, and in 2021-2022 she was contributing editor covering Eastern Europe at Global Voices and a contributor to Advox. Previously, she was Assistant Professor and Head of New Media Sequence at Mohyla School of Journalism (National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine). Tanya received her PhD from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.