About me

I am a Senior Researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne. Currently, I serve as Interim Scientific Director of the Department Computational Social Science. My research is situated in the fields of computational social science, digital media, political communication and comparative politics.

Recent work has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and the European Journal of Political Research. I am leading collaborative projects funded by the German Research Foundation DFG, the Leibniz Association and the Volkswagen Foundation. I am also a member of the editorial board of Political Communication.

Research interests

  • Computational social science
  • Digital democracy
  • Digital media and their effects
  • Political communication and public opinion
  • Comparative research