We decode the social effects of media to put their power to good use.

Lene Sillesen

 Researcher

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Lene has an international background in media production, interdisciplinary research, and storytelling. Before joining Harmony Institute, she contributed research and production support to a number of documentary films, art and academic projects in Europe and the US, and worked as a writer and podcast producer. She has reported from Nepal, Greenland, Scandinavia and North America for institutions such as Al Jazeera, the Columbia Journalism Review, and Danish public media. As a fellow with the George T. Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism at Columbia University, Lene co-produced a one-year research project, which explored emotional responses to reading in print and online, the results of which were published in two parts in the Columbia Journalism Review. Lene holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s degree in cultural studies from the University of Copenhagen, including studies at the University of Iceland and Seoul National University, South Korea. In past lives, Lene worked at an antique stamp auction, managed routes for a trucking company, and taught at a Model UN camp in Beijing, China. In her spare time, she is currently making a list of favorite graphic novels written by women, for her new niece.