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I use computer-assisted content analysis to investigate the portrayal of vulnerable social groups in online news stories.
I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Sociology at Umeå University, in the research program The Evolution of Prejudice. Currently, I am a visiting researcher at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, where I am affiliated with the Chair of Empirical Political Science.
My research is mainly concerned with the study of political attitudes across European societies. I am especially interested in intergroup relations in the face of large-scale migration and in questions of social solidarity in the context of the welfare state. Empirically, I draw on different methods and data sources, ranging from statistical analyses of (register-linked) public opinion surveys to the computer assisted content analysis of large news corpora.
As a postdoc, I am part of the FORTE-funded research program The Evolution of Prejudice. The overarching question that guides the program is how prejudice against immigrants evolves over time and across national contexts. Therein, I am working on a sub-project that examines how public discourses on vulnerable social groups and, among them, on immigrants in particular, have changed over time. We are especially interested in the intersecting portrayals of immigration and poverty or welfare receipt, as well as of immigration and crime. Our studies are based on large corpora of online news contents, which we analyze by merging methods from machine learning, computational corpus linguistics, and sociological discourse analysis.
I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Stockholm University in June 2017, where I remain affiliated as a research fellow. I also hold an M.Sc. (Sociology) from the University of Oxford and a B.A. (Integrated Social Sciences) from Jacobs University Bremen.
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