David Leenstra


Research Associate

David Leenstra is a Research Associate at ISD. As part of the Europe and Five Eyes team, he works on multiple projects relating to right-wing extremism, conspiracy theories and disinformation. He is also involved in ISD’s partnership with the McCain Institute, that is centred around developing a Prevention and Practitioners Network in the US. Prior to joining ISD, David researched different manifestations of extremist activism across the ideological spectrum. He conducted ethnographic field research in Belgium on the far-right in completion of his Conflict Studies and Human Rights MA at Utrecht University and analysed the Islamic State’s propaganda machinery as part of his Master’s in History of International Relations.

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