Political Science graduate student, Ishita Gopal, was awarded the 2021 Princeton Dissertation Scholar Award. The Princeton Dissertation Scholars Program provides financial resources and research opportunities to graduate students at institutions other than Princeton to further develop their dissertation projects. (Link: https://bobst.princeton.edu/graduate-funding/princeton-dissertation-scholars-program)
Ishita’s research connects online political activism to offline contentious actions and furthers our understanding of peaceful political contestation, political regime change, and state-led repression. Her project will examine the coverage of protests on Telegram – an encrypted messaging application with social media like features – which, according to anecdotal evidence, has gained immense popularity amongst anti regime protesters in countries as different as Hong Kong, Belarus, Russia, and Iran.