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.