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Marcelo Mesquita Leal

Professional Title: 

Graduate Student

Office: 

Machmer W-33E

Email: 

Office Hours: 

Fall 2018: By appointment

Degree: 

M.A., Political Science (2015) / B.A., History (2011) - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Bio: 

I am currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Massachussets Amherst and a research assistant at the National Center for Digital Government. I have been studying cyberpolitics for the past five years, with a focus on states' policies and practices regarding cybersecurity and Internet governance. Broadly defined, my research tries to explore how states exercise power in cyberspace. In some of my recent works I have explored the importance of the physical layer of cyberspace in wartime, the use of social networks during collective mobilization, and the disputes over data protection in the debates of the Brazilian "Marco Civil da Internet". Currently, I am working on a research about public perceptions of cybersecurity events.