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. https://doi.org/10.1080/10584609.2020.1793846
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0030222820984935
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. https://doi.org/10.1145/3292522.3326013
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42697-6_1
Franzi is interested in supervising thesis in the following topics:
- Biases in Political Communication (Gender Bias, Intergroup Bias)
- Political Information Seeking
- Incivility and Hate Speech
- Political Attacks
- Emotions in Political Communication
Jan Zilinsky, PhD
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.
Full list of publications: https://zilinskyjan.github.io/
Jan is prepared to supervise theses in the following topics:
- Elections and voting behavior
- American Politics
- Economic policy
- Digital media
Shota Gelovani, M.A.
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 FactCheck.ge 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:
- Political polarization
- Internet and social media
- Comparative politics
Soyeon Jin, M.A.
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448211045666
Soyeon is interested in supervising thesis in the following topics:
- Social media
- Online incivility
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.