Head of Doctoral Fellows at CARR.
Doctoral candidate at Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo.
Affiliate at Center for the Study of Political Communication (Polkom), University of Oslo.
Specialist Research Areas:
Transnational radical right in India, UK, and US; Ethnicity and race; Diaspora and migration; Qualitative social media analysis.
Eviane Cheng Leidig is a PhD research fellow at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX): The Extreme Right, Political Violence, and Hate Crime, at the University of Oslo. Her doctoral research explores transnational connections between radical right audiences in India, the UK, and US. Motivated by the role of diaspora and migrant networks in fostering populist radical right discourse, she is currently conducting research on Indian diaspora supporters of Brexit and Trump. From January to April 2018, she was a VOX-Pol sponsored visiting researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and was also a visiting researcher at New York University’s department of Media, Culture, and Communication from May to July 2018.
Eviane holds a MSc with Distinction in Ethnicity and Multiculturalism from the University of Bristol, where her dissertation explored the role of online propaganda in cumulative extremism in the UK. She received a BA in postcolonial studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where she explored Indian regional far right political parties.
An outward facing researcher, Eviane has worked with community organisations and the policy sector in the UK on issues of integration, multiculturalism, and community cohesion, having collaborated on projects funded by the Open Society Foundation, Aziz Foundation, British Council, and the Department for Communities and Local Government. She is on the editorial board of Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, and has contributed to a number of international media outlets in the UK, US, India, Norway, and the Netherlands.