Lana Bilalova

Lana Bilalova

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

Connect with me

English, Mandarin, Russian, Tatar, Ukrainian
Key Expertise
State-controlled media, Russia, Quantitative text analysis

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’s research is at the intersection of international relations, political science, and media. In particular, she studies how the media is used to help generate political support. Methodologically, Lana is interested in computational text analysis and machine learning methods for text as data in social sciences.

Research topic

What do fluctuations in media narratives reveal about an autocratic regime’s tactics, as well as strengths and weaknesses? 

Teaching Experience

Her teaching experience includes GTA roles in IR100 International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates, MY464 "Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Media and Communications”, quantitative methodology surgery,  and workshop in computational text analysis.

Selected conference presentations

  • Zurich Text as Data (Zurich ETH and UZH). "The strategic coverage of international conflicts by Russian media, 2009 - 2019"
  • IC2S2 2020 (MIT)  "Giddy Minds and Foreign Quarrels. The strategic coverage of international conflicts by Russian television, 2009 - 2019"

Academic supervisor

Professor Tomila Lankina


Expertise Details

State-controlled media; Russia; Quantitative text analysis; Machine Learning for text methods