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John Lemieux Student Fellows

Élora Bussière-Ladouceur

 Élora Bussière-Ladouceur is a master’s student in Political Science at Concordia University. She is currently working on her thesis, which looks at the role of gender in populist radical right movements in Western democracies. She is also the current coordinator for the Équipe de recherche sur l’immigration au Québec et ailleurs (ÉRIQA). She holds an undergraduate degree in Italian Studies from McGill University as well as an Honours undergraduate degree in Political Science from Concordia University. Her interests surround the issues of democratic backsliding and the rise of the populist radical right, along with the ramifications of such changes in terms of authoritarianism, xenophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, and more.

Mowahib Hassan Doualeh

Mowahib Hassan Doualeh is an undergraduate student in Honours in Political Science with a minor in human rights. Her choice of academic path stems from her long-life passion for human rights. In her spare time, she enjoys partaking in national conferences that address barriers faced by equity-seeking groups in Canada. Through her involvement with several non-profit organizations, Mowahib has reached out to thousands of youth across the country and advocated on their behalf with government officials and key players in youth policy. She is mostly involved in youth politics and the promotion of intersectional inclusion at the municipal, regional and national levels. Notably, Mowahib has had the honor of participating in several panels to share her expertise on a variety of topics such as Islamophobia, systemic racism and mental health with key organizations and federal ministers. Mowahib’s research interests lie in genocide studies and human rights protection, more specifically in East Africa. In all the work that she does, Mowahib is drawn to grassroots movements and has a strong calling for the amplification of diverse voices in decision-making practices. As a student fellow, Mowahib is eager to learn more on the way forward for international peace processes and contribute to the MIGS mandate.

Joshua “Jay” Sallos-Carter 

 Joshua “Jay” Sallos-Carter is a mature undergraduate student majoring in   Community Development, Public Affairs, and Policy Studies at Concordia’s School   of Community and Public Affairs and one of the latest student fellows collaborating   with MIGS on the Digital Peace Project. Jay currently serves on the board of   directors for Queue Care Inc., a health-tech company based out of New Brunswick   that they helped to create in 2019; between 2018–2020, they served as the   president of the board of directors for the New Brunswick Media Co-op, the only   English language alternative to the Brunswick News media monopoly; and from   2018–2019 they acted as the student representative for St. Thomas University’s   President’s Advisory Committee on Campus Environmental Issues.  Prior to   returning to academia, Jay has worked across dozens of companies in the video   game sector, taught game design for social impact to children and teens as a   summer camp instructor at the University of New Brunswick, and worked on virtual   reality projects as a freelance developer. In their free time, they volunteer with the   organization No-One Is Illegal and they assist member groups of the Coalition   Defund La Police with various support-based tasks. Jay brings their past experience   and knowledge to MIGS as the Hate Speech and Emerging Tech Fellow, where   their research focuses on the rise of online hate, disinformation, and other forms   of online harms—particularly on the impact felt by


Student Fellows


Katerina Sviderska

Katerina Sviderska is a master’s student in Political Science at Université de Montréal. She holds a bachelor’s in International Studies from the same university, as well as a certificate in Social Science from SciencesPo Paris. Her academic interests surround the issues of political violence, nationalism and propaganda. Under the supervision of Magdalena Dembinska, Katerina is currently writing her thesis, which analyses the factors motivating Russian soldiers to commit war atrocities against Ukrainian civilians. She also works for the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at University of Ottawa.


Past Interns

Nadia Trudel (John Lemieux Student Fellow)

Logan Bates ( (John Lemieux Student Fellow)

George Tsagaroulis (John Lemieux Student Fellow)

Clementine Blateau

Levon Mouradian

Sooraya Peerally

Karen Rubbo

Antoine Tremblay

Thelma Guerrin

Patrick Groeneveld-Meijer

Helena Lang

Fatou C.D. Ndiaye

Haley Moore

Caroline Feldner

Alexandrine Royer

Duncan Cooper

Rutvi Ajmera 

Isabela Coleho

Greer Nicholson

Emily Enright

Silke Melbye-Hansen

Isabelle Tamoj

Lilian Leifert

Cedrick Mulcair

Chantalle Gonzalez Lopez

Marrisa Fortune

Riley Haley

Erin Storus

May White-Vimouth

Nathalie Hitimana

Zach Sementes

Zach Paikin

Arvin Eyunni

Adan Suazo

Lea Watrin 

Meaghan Shevell

Camila Gomez-Perales

Alejandra Espinosa

Adrien Orloowski

Aminka Belvitt

Randy Pinsky

Myriam Menard

Jonathan Rozen

Neekoo Collett

Sarah Wiley

Kaitlin Davella

Christoph Semken previously served as an Assistant for Information Technology and is currently completing his Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics at the University of Aberdeen. His latest publication "Tracking the Blue: Phone and Vehicle Location Systems for UN Peacekeeping" is available at

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