I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion, at Concordia University. I hold a Master's degree of Theology from Laval University and a Bachelor's degree of English Literature and Honours Theology from Concordia University. The focus of my research is on the intersection of religion and social media, as well as how they are used by non-state actors in the creation of propaganda, recruitment of members to extremist causes and instill fear. Aspects of his research are used in the construction of CVE programs that use social media and education to achieve their goals. My dissertation is funded by the Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC).
In association with MIGS, I am the founder of the CONTRA project, which aims to combat the root causes of extremism and radicalization. CONTRA works through both the media and the classroom in order to teach youths and communities to better understand the complex political world that surrounds them. By providing hands-on training on issues such as xenophobia, Islamophobia, and mediatization, CONTRA hopes to encourage students to think critically about current events, thus promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment to all people.
My research interests have been focused on the relational mechanism that are found between social media and violence, radicalization and terrorism. I am also interested in the socio-psychological role religion can play in violence and radicalization. I have experience in constructing profiles of potential targets of social media recruitment, by violent extremist groups. My goal in understanding this process is to not only identify possible individuals vulnerable to radicalization and extremism, but to ultimately counter violent extremism.