Mirna El Masri


Mirna El Masri

  • Short CV

    • Since 09/2021: PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim, and member of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • Since 12/2020: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies and in the project "MOTRA-Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization"

    • 2018 - 2019: Program Assistant at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon

    • 2017-2018: Research Intern at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon

    • 2015-2016: Teaching Assistant in the Module “Empirical Social Research: Quantitative Analysis II” at the TU Braunschweig, Germany

    • Education: M.Sc. in International Relations with the focus on Quantitative Methods at the University of Essex, United Kingdom; B.A. in Integrated Social Sciences at the TU Braunschweig, Germany

    Current Research

    • MOTRA-Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization: Investigating international sources of domestic radicalization of right-, left-, and Islamist extremist groups

    • Radicalization and Terrorism

    • Quantitative Methods


    • Investigating Sources of Radicalization

    Mirna El Masri



    Chapter in Edited Volume | 08/2022

    Auswirkungen des Gaza-Krieges 2021 auf Deutschland: eine mehrdimensionale Analyse des Radikalisierungsgeschehens

    Der Gaza-Krieg vom Mai 2021 hatte deutliche Auswirkungen auf das Radikalisierungsgeschehen in Deutschland. In diesem Beitrag des MOTRA-Monitor 2021 werden die Rückwirkungen eines Ereignisses, das außerhalb Deutschlands stattgefunden hat, dargestellt.

    Simon Greipl

    Julian Hohner

    Dr. Sophia Hunger

    Dr. Eylem Kanol

    Studies in Conflict and Terrorism | 12/2021

    Threat Perception, Policy Diffusion, and the Logic of Terrorist Group Designation

    Many governments maintain lists of terrorist groups, imposing sanctions on designated organizations. However, the logic behind designation remains unclear. This paper develops arguments for why attack attributes, group attributes, and policy diffusion might explain proscription.

    Dr. Brian J. Phillips

    University of Essex

    Research Project | 01/12/2019 - 30/11/2024

    Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalisation (MOTRA)

    "Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization" (MOTRA) is a research association in the context of civil security research (zivile Sicherheitsforschung) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project was created as part of the establishment of a top-level research cluster for the early detection, prevention and combating of Islamic extremism and terrorism and will be a central point of contact over a period of five years.
    BMBF, 2019-2024

    Political Violence at a Glance | Article | 07/02/2022


    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 13/07/2021

    German spy chief warns of Islamic State's strength

    Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Speaker | 25/08/2022

    Polarization and Opportunism: Using Network Analysis to Explore how the German Far-Right Utilizes Escalations of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Mirna El Masri and Thomas Richter present the paper at the panel "Conspiring Elites and Disgruntled Masses? Revisiting the Populist and Extremist Challenges to Democracy" at the ECPR 2022. This work presents results from the MOTRA project and is co-written with colleagues from LMU.

    Julian Hohner

    Simon Greipl

    Heidi Schulze


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