Team at the Chair of Digital Governance


Franziska Pradel



Office: H.207
Phone: +49 89 907793-383


Franziska Pradel works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Chair of Digital Governance at the HfP/TU Munich. Prior to this position, she worked as a doctoral researcher at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics at the University of Cologne (2018-2021). She wrote her thesis in political science on "Biased political information in search engines and their effects." Her research interests include online political communication, especially investigating biases on online platforms and their effects on political attitudes, computational social science, and experiments.


Pradel, F. (2021). Biased Representation of Politicians in Google and Wikipedia Search? The Joint Effect of Party Identity, Gender Identity and Elections. Political Communication, 38(4), 447–478.

Pradel, F., & Sattler, S. (2020). Memories of a Death Threat: Negative Consequences of Unconscious Thoughts About a Terrorist Attack on Attitudes Towards Alcohol. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, 003022282098493.

Mertens, A., Pradel, F., Rozyjumayeva, A., & Wäckerle, J. (2019). As the Tweet, so the Reply?: Gender Bias in Digital Communication with Politicians. Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science - WebSci ’19, 193–201.

Gieck, R., Kinnunen, H.-M., Li, Y., Moghaddam, M., Pradel, F., Gloor, P. A., Paasivaara, M., & Zylka, M. P. (2016). Cultural Differences in the Understanding of History on Wikipedia. In M. P. Zylka, H. Fuehres, A. Fronzetti Colladon, & P. A. Gloor (Hrsg.), Designing Networks for Innovation and Improvisation (S. 3–12). Springer International Publishing.

Franzi is interested in supervising thesis in the following topics:

  1. Biases in Political Communication (Gender Bias, Intergroup Bias)
  2. Political Information Seeking
  3. Incivility and Hate Speech
  4. Political Attacks
  5. Misinformation
  6. Emotions in Political Communication

Jan Zilinsky, PhD



Raum: H.207
Telefon: +49 89 907793-383



Jan Zilinsky is a computational social scientist. His research is focused on interactions between information ecosystems, economic policies, and politics. He published academic papers about topics including economic evaluations, populism, electoral competition, and social media.


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Jan is prepared to supervise theses in the following topics:

  1. Elections and voting behavior
  2. American Politics
  3. Economic policy
  4. Globalization
  5. Populism
  6. Digital media

Research Associates

Shota Gelovani, M.A.



Office: H.205
Phone: +4915772068720


Shota Gelovani is a research associate and a PhD candidate at the Chair of Digital Governance since November 2020. He has a B.A. degree in International Relations from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and a M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Mannheim. Shota also worked as a project coordinator of for two years prior to his master’s studies. In his dissertation, he focuses on political polarization in a comparative perspective between consolidated and hybrid democracies.

Shota is interested in supervising thesis in the following topics:

  1. Political polarization
  2. Immigration
  3. Internet and social media
  4. Comparative politics

Soyeon Jin, M.A.



Office: H.205
Telephone: 089907793382


Soyeon Jin is a research associate and a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Yannis Theocharis. After she got a B.A. degree in Sociology and Media & Communication from the Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, she received her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Mannheim, Germany. During her master, she worked as a student assistant at the team survey design and methodology, at GESIS (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences). Her dissertation focuses on media issue salience and the native and the immigrant's attitudes.


Theocharis, Y., Cardenal, A., Jin, S., Aalberg, T., Hopmann, D. N., Strömbäck, J., Castro, L., Esser, F., Van Aelst, P., de Vreese, C., Corbu, N., Koc-Michalska, K., Matthes, J., Schemer, C., Sheafer, T., Splendore, S., Stanyer, J., Stępińska, A., & Štětka, V. (2021). Does the platform matter? Social media and COVID-19 conspiracy theory beliefs in 17 countries. New Media & Society. 

Soyeon is interested in supervising thesis in the following topics:

  1. Immigration
  2. Integration
  3. Social media
  4. Misinformation
  5. Online incivility

Student Research Assistants

Kristian Burghartz, B.A.





Kristian Burghartz is a Master's student in the M.Sc. Politics & Technology programme at HfP and a student research assistant at the Chair of Digital Governance. In his master's programme, he focuses on computational social science, social impact of machine learning applications and democracy in digitalisation. He holds a B.A. degree in Politics & Society from the University of Bonn.