We are excited to announce that Myles Flores, MANPTS ‘22, has been selected as our newest Michael Donnelly Research Fellow for Fall 2021. Before he came to MIIS and CTEC, he attended California State University - Monterey Bay, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies in 2019.
Myles is passionate about working on domestic extremism and terrorism issues, driven in large part by watching events like the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. He has worked with CTEC as a Graduate Research Assistant on an online extremism project, contributing nuanced research and policy recommendations for addressing extremism in the technology industry. He is a strong investigator and has extensive knowledge of the memes, aesthetics, rhetoric, and history of far-right extremism.
In Myles’ words, “The Michael Donnelly Research Fellowship allows me to pursue CTEC’s mission to “conduct in-depth research on terrorism and other forms of extremism.” With this fellowship, I am ecstatic to conduct research on extremism prevention, particularly against white supremacy and hateful conspiracies. I’m honored to have received this fellowship as I’ve heard the name Michael Donnelly being used as inspiration by coworkers and bosses while working for CTEC for the past 9 months. Now, I get to honor Mr. Donnelly by conducting research that fuels CTEC’s mission.”
The Michael Donnelly Fellowship, named in honor of our late friend and colleague, carries forward his legacy by supporting two underrepresented MIIS students each year with demonstrated financial need through a funded research position. It enables promising researchers to garner real-world experience in extremism research that is centered on tangible approaches to preventing and countering extremism.
The fellowship is open to applicants each fall and spring. To learn about the fellowship, read more here: https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/academics/centers-initiatives/ctec/michael-donnelly-ctec-research-fellowship
To contribute to the fellowship fund and provide more MIIS students with this opportunity, use this link and designate your gift for the Michael Donnelly Research Fellowship: https://engage.middlebury.edu/pages/miis/give-to-ctec