about me


At GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Köln (Cologne), I am leading the team “Digital Society Observatory” as part of the department Computational Social Science. From 2021-2023 I am also co-leading the Research Data and Methods unit at CAIS in Bochum.

In 2015, was one of two inaugural Digital Studies fellows at the Library of Congress’ John W. Kluge Center. Until 2012 I worked at the Department of Information Science at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf.

My background is in information science with a PhD thesis about combining Social and Semantic Web strategies for knowledge representation. Before my PhD, I completed a Magistra Artium degree in History, Media Studies and Information Science. I have several years of teaching experience. I am regularly reviewing for different journals and am frequently involved in the organization of academic conferences and events. I enjoy working in interdisciplinary research teams and have been lucky to collaborate with researchers from various disciplines in the past.

Within the fields of Computational Sociel Science, Internet Research and Web Science my research focus is on social media, new types of research data and data preservation, scholarly communication & altmetrics, web users and communication structures.  

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