Projects-Chair for Political Theory and Digital Democracy

Chair for Digital Democracy

Below you can find a selection of publication highlights. For open access versions of some of the publications, please click here.

Full List of Publications

  • Theories of Choice. The Social Science and the Law of Decision Making

    2021, Stefan Grundmann and Philipp Hacker (eds.), Oxford

    Oxford University Press

  • Datenprivatrecht. Neue Technologien im Spannungsfeld von Datenschutzrecht und BGB [Private Data Law. Emerging Technologies between Data Protection and Private Law]

    2020, Philipp Hacker, Tübingen

    Mohr Siebeck

  • Regulating Blockchain. Socio-Technical and Legal Challenges

    2019, Philipp Hacker, Ioannis Lianos, Georgios Dimitropoulos and Stefan Eich (eds.), Oxford

    Oxford University Press

  • Matching Code and Law: Achieving Algorithmic Fairness with Optimal Transport

    Philipp Hacker, Ralf Krestel, Stefan Grundmann and Felix Naumann

    34 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery 163-200 (2020)

  • Explainable AI under Contract and Tort Law: Legal Incentives and Technical Challenges

    Philipp Hacker, Ralf Krestel, Stefan Grundmann and Felix Naumann

    28 Artificial Intelligence and Law 415-439 (2020

  • Teaching Fairness to Artificial Intelligence: Existing and Novel Strategies against Algorithmic Discrimination under EU Law

    Philipp Hacker

    55 Common Market Law Review 1143-1186 (2018)

  • Crypto-Securities Regulation: ICOs, Token Sales and Cryptocurrencies under EU Financial Law

    Philipp Hacker, Chris Thomale

    European Company and Financial Law Review 645-696 (2018)

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Teaching-Chair for Political Theory and Digital Democracy

Chair for Digital Democracy

Summer 2022

  • Key Concepts of Digital Democracy

  • Digital Democracy Colloquium

  • Anti-feminism in Online Discourses: An Introduction to Digital Ethnography

  • Think local: Digitalization and the City

  • "Anyway the wind blows" Excursion to Re:Publica 2022 Conference, Berlin

  • Introduction to Data Science with R for Social Scientists

  • ENS Research Seminar


    Students who wish to write a Master thesis in the field of Digital Democracy and Political Communication are most welcome to join our Digital Democracy Colloquium.You are free to develop a project on your own or pursue a topic that you are deeply interested in – whether it has a theoretical, empirical or methodological focus. Just reach out and we’ll provide feedback and, if possible, data. Here are some suggestions for those who do not yet have an idea what to work on. For all of these topics there is enough research to build a literature review, even though some of the topics are very contemporary and some off the beaten path. Basically, these are topics we would love to work on ourselves if we had the time and task to write a Master thesis. For all of these topics we can provide the data you need to do empirical research. These are our suggestions for theses to be developed in Spring/Summer 2022:

    • Social media and the 2022 French presidential elections (condition: you need to speak French)
    • We welcome theses on any election or referendum in any country you choose. These will be linked to the Digital Elections Lab we are launching in the Summer term 2022.
    • The role of fashion in political communication, e.g. apparel of candidates in election campaigns (think President Macron in his unusual hoodie recently), gender differences in perceptions of power dressing, personalizing messages on Instagram through fashion, symbolic statements and stages events etc.
    • Visual political communication (think TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, explore theories and methods how to analyze pictures and videos)
    • Ukraine: info war, crisis communication, strategic communication and propaganda
    • Celebrity Politics, e.g. Wolodymyr Selensky – from TV star to president
    • Connective action and the pandemic: Covid protest movements like #querdenken and their mobilization patterns
    • Political communication on small and niche platforms, e.g. 9gag, Reddit, Parler, or dating platforms, or…
    • The rise of political influencers and micro-influencers, e.g. Brittanny Pettibone Sellner, feminist influencers and make-up tutorials,…
    • Political communication in podcasts

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Chair for Political Theory and Digital Democracy

Chair for Digital Democracy

Ulrike Klinger is a scholar in the field of political and digital communication.

After her PhD on media pluralism in defective democracies, she has worked extensively on the transformation of digital public spheres, the role of digital media in election campaigns, and the impact of technologies on public communication (e.g. algorithms, social bots). She is associated researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin.


  • Prof. Dr. Ulrike Klinger

    Professor for Digital Democracy

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  • Dr. Mike Cowburn

    Postdoctoral Researcher

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  • Felix Trojan

    Student Assistant

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  • Johannes Schulze-Aissen

    Student Assistant

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  • Christoph Rosa

    Student Assistant

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Publications-Chair for Political Theory and Digital Democracy


Chair for  Digital Democracy

Below you can find the most recent publications.

  • Populism as communication: A cross-sectional and longitudinal comparison of election campaigning on Facebook

    Klinger, Ulrike & Koc-Michalska, Karolina (2022)

    Mots. Les langages du politique 128:2022

  • From the Fringes into Mainstream Politics: Intermediary Networks and Movement-Party Coordination of a Global Anti-immigration Campaign in Germany

    Klinger, Ulrike, Bennett, Lance, Knüpfer, Curd, Martini, Franziska & Zhang, Xixuan (2022)

    Information, Communication & Society

  • Are Campaigns Getting Uglier, and Who Is to Blame? Negativity, Dramatization and Populism on Facebook in the 2014 and 2019 EP Election Campaigns

    Klinger, Ulrike, Koc-Michalska, Karolina, & Rußmann, Uta (2022)

    Political Communication, 1-20. 

  • Troublemakers in the Streets? A Framing Analysis of Newspaper Coverage of Protests in the UK 1992-2017"

    Gruber, Johannes B. 2022

    The International Journal of Press/Politics

  • Initiatives for Democratic Solidarity: Platform Governance for Digital Democracy

    Klinger, Ulrike (2023)

    Behind the Headlines. Canadian international Council

  • Die Ordnung der Plattformen

    Klinger, Ulrike (2022)

    Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte, 4/2022, S. 49

  • Next-Generation Technology and Electoral Democracy: Understanding the Changing Environment

    Bradshaw, Samantha, Hilt, Kailee, Jardine, Eric, Kershbaum, Florian, Klinger, Ulrike, Pal, Michael, Shull, Aaron & Wark, Wesley (2022)

    Special Report. Centre for International Governance Innovation

  • Bot, or not? Comparing three methods for detecting social bots in five political discourses

    Martini, F. Samula, P. Keller, T. & Klinger, U. (2021)

    Big Data & Society, 8:2

  • The power of code: women and the making of the digital world

    Klinger, U. & Svensson, J. (2021)

    Information, Communication & Society, 1-16, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.1962947.

  • Political agenda setting in the hybrid media system: Why legacy media still matter a great deal

    Langer, A. I., & Gruber, J. B. (2021)

    The International Journal of Press/Politics, 26(2), 313-340.

  • Troublemakers in the streets? A framing analysis of newspaper coverage of protest in the UK 1992-2017

    Gruber, J. B. (2021)

    Doctoral dissertation, University of Glasgow

  • Spaces, Places, and Geographies of Public Spheres

    Klinger, U. Waldherr, A. & Pfetsch, B. (2021)

    Special Issue in Media and Communication (editor)

  • Spaces, Places, and Geographies of Public Spheres: Exploring Dimensions of the Spatial Turn

    Waldherr, A. Klinger, U. & Pfetsch, B. (2021)

    Media and Communication, 9:3, 1-4.

  • Wie normativ ist die Kommunikationswissenschaft?

    Geise, Stephanie; Klinger, Ulrike; Magin, Melanie; Müller, Kathrin; Nitsch, Cordula; Rothenberger, Liane; Schumann, Christina; Sehl, Annika; Wallner, Cornelia & Zillich, Arne (2021)

    (Alle Autorinnen habe in gleichem Maße zur Publikation beigetragen.)

  • Between a Patchwork and Best-Practice

    Borucki, Isabelle & Klinger, Ulrike (2021)

    Darren Lilleker, Ioana Coman, Miloš Gregor, Edoardo Novelli (eds), Political Communication and COVID-19 Governance and Rhetoric in Times of Crisis, Routledge.

  • The needle in the haystack: Finding social bots on Twitter

    Keller, Tobias & Klinger, Ulrike (2020)

    Hargittai, E., Research Exposed. How Empirical Social Science Gets Done in the Digital Age. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

  • Algorithmen, Bots und Trolle: Vom Ende der demokratischen Öffentlichkeit, wie wir sie kennen

    Klinger, Ulrike (2020)

    Massing, Peter, Kost, Alexander, Reiser, Marion (eds). Handbuch Demokratie. Wochenschau Verlag.

  • Diskurskiller Digitalisierung? Warum das Internet nicht an allem schuld, aber trotzdem ein Problem ist

    Klinger, Ulrike (2020)

    Russ-Mohl, Stephan (ed). Streitlust und Streitkunst. Diskurs als Essenz der Demokratie. Band 3 der «Schriften zur Rettung des öffentlichen Diskurses» Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag, S. 48-65.

  • Myth busted: Likes and shares reliably indicate popularity

    Klinger, Ulrike (2019)

    Kettemann, Matthias & Dreyer, Stephan (eds.) Busted! The Truth About the 50 Most Common Internet Myths, Leibniz Institute for Media Research, Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg

  • Social bots in election campaigns: Theoretical, empirical and methodological implications

    Keller, Tobias & Klinger, Ulrike (2018)

    Political Communication 36:1, pp. 171-189

  • The end of media logics?

    Klinger, Ulrike & Svensson, Jakob (2018)

    On algorithms and agency. New Media & Society 20:12, pp. 4653–4670

  • “Beer is more efficient than social media”—Political parties and strategic communication in Austrian and Swiss national elections

    Klinger, Ulrike & Rußmann, Uta (2017)

    Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 14:4, pp. 299-313

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Chair for Information Management and Digital Transformation

Chair for Information Management and Digital Transformation

Our team does information systems research by leveraging organization theory in order to understand and design digital transformation.

We are interested in both inductive case studies in order to build theory as well as more prescriptive methods that generate effective interventions into real life settings. Regardless of theory and methods, our research always starts with an interest in solving concrete practical problems that arise in organizations and society at large. Specifically, we have experience with studying digital transformation of organizations, as well as studying and designing smart services. Our particular area of expertise is digital health.


  • Prof. Dr. Lauri Wessel

    Professor for Information Management and Digital Transformation

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  • Stefan Hanke


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  • Mohammad Arafat Intisher

    Student Assistant

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  • Merle Pohl

    Student Assistant

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