Michael Pizzi

Student Fellow


I'm an incoming MA candidate at the Jackson Institute, where I will be focusing my studies on the intersection between violent conflict, international law, and the Internet.

I have spent the past three years working as a journalist, first with a Syrian news outlet in Jordan and, later, as a foreign policy reporter for Al Jazeera America, where I also spearheaded our coverage of Internet policy. I have a particular interest in free speech and censorship issues on social media, especially in the context of counter-terrorism, and have done investigative reporting on this topic in the past. This summer, I was a participant in a week-long workshop on violent online extremism run by the EU-funded VOX-Pol network (at Central European University in Budapest). I speak Arabic and have lived for several years in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, where I was a 2012-13 Fulbright Fellow, researching Internet access challenges in refugee camps.