Lana Bilalova

Lana Bilalova

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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English, Mandarin, Russian, Tatar, Ukrainian
Key Expertise
Text as Data methods, Mass media, Autocratic regimes

About me

Lana holds a BSc in Mathematical Economics from the St-Petersburg State University of Economics and MSc in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before returning to academia, Lana served 4 years as a consultant at EY.

Lana studies how mass media is used to help generate political support; additionally, she is a part of JUSTINT working group. Methodologically, Lana is interested in contemporary Text as Data approaches. 

Research topic

What do news media in Russia reveal about the regime’s tactics, strengths, and weaknesses? 

Teaching Experience

Teaching assistant roles

2020 - 2021

2019 - 2020

Selected conference presentations

  • Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes (VWAR) 2020. "Warfare Agenda-setting on Russian Television, 2009 - 2019"
  • IC2S2 (MIT) 2020.  "Giddy Minds and Foreign Quarrels. The strategic coverage of international conflicts by Russian television, 2009 - 2019"
  • Zurich Text as Data (Zurich ETH and UZH) 2019. "The strategic coverage of international conflicts by Russian media, 2009 - 2019" 

Academic supervisor

Professor Tomila Lankina


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Expertise Details

Text as Data methods; Mass media; Autocratic regimes