Mr. Gordon is also a professor with the College of Computer and Information Technology at St. Petersburg College, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense, and has been active in the IT and web development industries since 1998. He holds two Master's degrees from Queens College, NY and Fort Hays State University, KS. He is also a 2014 League for Innovation in the Community College Excellence Award winner for outstanding student engagement.
Mr. Amanatullah is an educator and human rights practitioner with a BA in Sociocultural Linguistics and an MA in Human Rights and Democratization. His areas of expertise include information disorder, non-linear warfare, intercultural education and issues pertaining to human rights. His thesis on disinformation and detecting human rights vulnerabilities in fake news has been published through the Global Campus Repository.
Ms. Fraioli is completing a BA in Political Science and Opera at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a focus in constitutional law and political rhetoric. Her thesis research compares the historical strength of constitutions as the foundation for government and she hopes to explore political rhetoric and analysis in future degrees. She is passionate about promoting the spread of unbiased information for voters and the public at large.
Dr. McVicker received her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University. Her dissertation and research focus is on political disinformation, propaganda, and persuasion in visuals. She also has an M.S. in Communication & Information Systems and a B.A. in Public Relations and is also a peer reviewer for Harvard Kennedy School's Misinformation Review. She is passionate about helping others gain awareness of disinformation and propaganda techniques.
Ms. Hobbs completed a BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). While she is generally interested in the socio-political effects of media on powerful institutions and the public, she hopes to mitigate the growing impact of propaganda on public understanding and policy making. She plans to attend law school and use her J.D. to enforce protections for journalists.
Mr. West has more than ten years of experience in managing cross-platform communications for high-profile, non-profit organizations, including Global Citizen, the Fulbright Program, The Writer's Center, and the Think Tank. He holds a Master of Arts in Global Communication from George Washington University, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D.
Ms. Resnick is pursuing two bachelor's degrees in political science and editing, writing, and media at Florida State University and plans to earn a master's degree in Applied American Politics and Policy. She is especially interested in the ways that media, politics, and democracy interact. She plans to pursue a career in political journalism and communications.
Ms. Mishra is a STEM student in her freshman year of college at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. She is deeply interested in the junction of science and politics in policy making and global governance. She also writes political op-eds about current events.
Ms. Akella is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Russian. She has professional experience in voter engagement and community political education. She is greatly concerned about the overwhelming influence money can have on political outcomes and hopes to attend law school in the near future.
Mr. Yax is studying political science with a focus in international relations at Carleton College, with a minor in history. His main areas of interest are contemporary geopolitics and American hyperpartisanship.
Mr. Childers studies music composition and topics related to writing and psychology. He is a graduate of Roane State Community College and has attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He's also involved in song-writing and video production. One of his main areas of interest is encouraging himself and others to think critically.