Laura Ascone’s research focuses on computer-mediated communication, on the expression of emotions, as well as on hate speech.
She defended her PhD in Linguistics at the Université Paris-Seine. Her thesis on “The Radicalisation through the Expression of Emotions on the Internet” dealt with the rhetorical strategies used in both jihadist propaganda and institutional counter-narrative. She then conducted postdoctoral research at the Université de Lorraine on online hate speech against migrants. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) at the Technische Universität Berlin in the international project Decoding Antisemitism: An AI-driven Study on Hate Speech and Imagery Online.
She is also part of various research networks dealing with social issues, such as R2DIP (Research Network on Institutional and Political Discourse), R2S (Risks, Society and Security), and Draine, a research group established as part of the Horizon 2020 European project PRACTICIES (Partnership against violent radicalisation in the cities).