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About me

Updated: 2017-12-14

I am a research and teaching fellow (Oberasssistent) at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich. My principal research interests are distinctly interdisciplinary and include cognitive computing, political communication, open data, corpus and computational linguistics, and comparative political economy. I teach a master seminar on political datajournalism. I am engaged in three interdisciplinary research projects that deal with the analysis of large text collections in the context of the political consequences of financial crises, the democratic accountability of regulatory agencies and the diffusion of policies in federalist countries. Beyond that, I use automated analyses of tweets, open survey questions and the print media coverage to study federal election campaigns. I also work with the Swiss Federal Archives on automated of the consultation processes for federal laws. My papers have been published, among others, by the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy and Journal of Information Technology and Politics. My most recent book is The Politics of Economic Liberalization, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Updated: 2017-12-14

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Current projects

Years of Turmoil: The Political Consequences of the Financial and Economic Crisis in Europe

Collaborators: Silja Häusermann and Thomas Kurer

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Type II governance in public communication: computer based media content analysis

Collaborators: Gerold Schneider and Michael Amsler

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Measuring policy diffusion with automated content analysis: The case of smoking bans in Switzerland and the United States

Collaborators: Fabrizio Gilardi, Thomas Willi and Adriano Meyer Broyn

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Completed projects

Selects (Swiss Electoral Studies) Media Analysis 2015

Collaborators: Sarah Bütikofer, Adrian van der Lek and Fionn Gantenbein

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For details on the methods, see the Codebook in English



Updated: 2017-12-14

The breakthrough in data journalism came with the ever easier access to economic and political data. Data are no longer just background information or sources for inquiry, but the backbone of a new journalistic format: data-driven storytelling. A datajouralist compiles data and interprets results not for specialists, but for the broader public. The best newspapers in the world such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde or Die Zeit have greatly expanded their portfolio in the field of data journalism. In Switzerland skills in the field of data journalism are increasingly in demand, too. The course Political Datajournalism at the University of Zurich combines knowledge in political science with basic knowledge in classical political journalism and is enhanced with insights into the various techniques relevant to data mining, analysis and visualization.

Learn more about the course in the most recent syllabus.

Check out the amazing datajournalistic work by my master students.



Updated: 2017-12-14

Selected work from teaching or publication projects.