(Léa) LEJS Massé MA

(Léa) LEJS Massé MA
(external) researcher Erasmus School of Law Criminology
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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Léa Massé is a PhD candidate at the department of Criminology of the Erasmus School of Law. She completed a Bachelor in European Law at the University of Orléans (France) and a Master in Global Crime and Criminology at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands).

Her current research project examines trajectories in, through and out of jihadism from an existentialist perspective. Contextualizing jihadi trajectories within processes of self-becoming, she explores how individual construct viable modes of being while navigating jihadism and violence—from the violence of everyday life, surveillance and counterextremism policies to embodied practices of armed jihad and martyrdom, and from the seductive appeal of violence to the mediated spectacle of human suffering and death. Her research draws inspiration from existentialist philosophy and criminology, phenomenology, cultural criminology and the philosophy of violence.

Her other research interests include the criminalization of marginalized communities, war, the seduction of violence and deviance, as well as state crime, and resistance through art and expressive cultural forms.


      • L.E.J.S. Massé (2019). Hip-Hop. In R.M Lawson & B.A Lawson (Eds.), Race and Ethnicity in America: From Pre-contact to the Present (pp. 115-117). Santa Barbara: Abc-Clio
      • L.E.J.S. Masse (2018). 'Being-in-the-Crime': Reflection on the Use of Phenomenological Methods in Criminology. In A. Bosma & S. Buisman (Eds.), Methoden van Onderzoek in het strafrecht, de Criminologie en de Victimologie (pp. 67-84). Alphen aan den Rijn: Wolters Kluwer
      • L.E.J.S. Massé (2019, september 19). Terrorising doubts: Regulating and managing threats to ontological security in extremist and terrorist Islamist groups. Ghent, European Society of Criminology.
      • L.E.J.S. Massé (2019, mei 10). “From Brothers to Intimate enemies”: the Regulation and Management of Individual Disengagement within Islamist Extremists and Terrorist Groups. Utrecht, Common Session in Criminology.
      • L.E.J.S. Massé (2018, oktober 18). “Losing Mood(s)”: Exploring European Jihadi Supporters and Foreign Fighters’ Responses to the fall of the Islamic State
. Copenhagen, Common Session in Criminology.
      • L.E.J.S. Massé (2018, september 14). “Being-in-the-crime”: Reflection on the Use of Phenomenological Methods in Criminology
. Ghent, Conference Between edges and Margins.
      • L.E.J.S. Massé (2017, november 29). “Becoming radicals”: towards a phenomenological approach of Western youth’s Islamic radicalisation. University of Peloponnese, Common Session in Criminology.
      • L.E.J.S. Massé (2015, december 2). “Locked out” on the margin: exploring youth’s marginality in French deprived urban neighbourhoods
. Rotterdam, Common Session in Criminology.
  • Year level
  • (external) researcher

    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of Law
    The Netherlands


Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam