Zea Szebeni is a grant-funded PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki. In her PhD research project, she explores the functions and effects of online disinformation, and its impact on society and political polarization. Her research interests include politicized media, active citizenship and populism. She conducts research primarily on Hungary.
In the past Zea obtained a MA degree in social psychology in Budapest, and worked at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences as a research assistant. She also led a project at a Hungarian NGO, which aimed at integrating people in society, who are at the risk of social exclusion. Currently she is involved in advocacy work for young psychology researchers in the Finnish Psychological Association.
In her free time, Zea enjoys reading fake news and exploring conspiracy theories.