Iga Mergler Is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at McMaster University. She holds an MA degree in Cultural Studies from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland and an MA degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University, Hungary. She has published in Polish peer-reviewed journals such as "Kultura Popularna", and "Kultura Współczesna". More recently, she contributed to a book "Millenials and Media Ecology: Culture, Pedagogy and Politics" with a chapter “Polish Millennials and New Media Environments: forming identities, constructing enemies, finding allies” (Routledge in press).
In her dissertation she studies how George Soros has been used as a scapegoat by the Polish right in their anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and sexist rhetoric and how this has been playing out across different media outlets and generations in Poland.
In broader terms, her research scope includes: the conflation of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic discourses in Poland, the growth of anti-genderism in Poland, social media, and cross-cultural studies.