I am a political scientist working at the intersection of politics, linguistics and digital methods. I have a professional background (2000-2013) as a software developer focused on web technologies and use this experience to build, manipulate, and “mash up” large data-sets from the web, to apply quantitative and qualitative computer-assisted approaches to analyse texts, and to build interfaces to interact with and analyse data.
I’m a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Canterbury in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, New Zealand. I’m also a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Political Science and International Relations Department working on the project: “Issue Mapping and Analysing the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Debate” (Marsden Grant 19-UOC-068).
Research Interests and Methodologies
- Economic rhetoric and expertise, lay people’s theories of the economy
- Environmental politics, green parties and the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand
- Parliamentary rhetoric, with a focus on the New Zealand Parliamentary Debates
- Lethal autonomous weapons
- Critical political psychology, rhetorical psychology
- Computer-assisted text analysis and other computational approaches to social and political science research
- Corpus linguistics, corpus-assisted discourse analysis
- Software development