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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Klinger

Professor for Digital Democracy

Contact details


Office: CP 120
Office hours: By appointment (send me an Email)

Research Areas

  • Political communication
  • Digital public spheres
  • Technology and society (algorithms, bots etc.)
  • Comparative studies on elections, campaigns and public discourse, news and media

Curriculum Vitae

Ulrike Klinger joined ENS in October 2020 and holds the Chair for Digital Democracy. She is also Associated Researcher at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin. Before joining ENS, she was Professor for Digital Communication at Freie Universität Berlin and head of the research group on “News, campaigns and the rationality of public discourse” at the Weizenbaum Institute. Her research focuses on political and digital communication – 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).

After her dissertation on media pluralism in defective democracies in 2010 at Goethe University Frankfurt, she has worked as a Post-Doc at IKMZ – Department for Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich in Switzerland (2009-2018), as interim professor for digital communication at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen (2016-2017) and was visiting scholar at various institutes, e.g. the Center for Information Technology and Society at the University of California at Santa Barbara or the HIIG Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. She received several scholarships, grants and awards, e.g. the Best Dissertation Award from the German Political Science Association in 2012 and a Top Paper Award from the Political Communication Section of the International Communication Association ICA.

For all publications, full CV and current information please see her personal website.