I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Computational Communication Science Lab (CCL) of the University of Vienna. I am currently principal investigator of the research project 'Tango on a Tightrope - An Investigation of Media-Politics Dynamics During Ten Years of EU Crises' which is funded under the Austrian Science Fund's (FWF) women's career development scheme ('Hertha-Firnberg Program' T-989). I am also Co-PI (together with Hajo Boomgaarden) of an extension project funded by the Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank, which focusses on the case study of Austria.
My research broadly focuses on political communication with an emphasis on the European Union and challenges/crises of democracy, legitimation processes, and the relationship between media and politics. In my research, I mostly rely on quantitative methods and, in particular, on automated methods of collecting and analysing large amounts of textual data. In addition to my substantive research interests, I am also interested in advancements in automated text analysis.
Before joining CCL in October 2018, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the coordinating team of the Horizon2020 project Transsol - Transnational Solidarity in Times of Crisis (June 2017-September 2018).
I conducted my pre-doctoral research at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna where I was member of the PACE project - Parliamentary Communication of Europe financed by the Austrian Science Fund (October 2012 - August 2016).
I defended my PhD thesis at the University of Vienna in May 2017. The thesis dealt with 'The Legitimation of the European Parliament' - a comparative analysis of media coverage about the European Parliament, including also effects on public opinion (supervisors: Johannes Pollak, Katrin Auel, Hajo Boomgaarden; reviewers: Hans-Jörg Trenz, John Erik Fossum).
From September 2020 until Feb 2021, I was a Virtual Research Fellow at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), more specifically the Center for Politics and Communication, hosted by Prof. Claes H. de Vreese.
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