Theresa Gessler joined the Chair of Public Policy at the Department of Political Science in January 2019. She is completing her doctorate at the European University Institute where her PhD thesis examines how and why parties speak about democracy and the political system. As part of her PhD, she was also involved in the ERC research project Political Conflict in Europe in the Shadow of the Great Recession (POLCON). Before that, she studied at Central European University which has left her with a lasting interest in Hungarian and Eastern European Politics.
At the IPZ, Theresa Gessler wants to study how technological change transforms democracies with a focus on processes of political participation. She is interested in how political participation and debates online reflect and influence other arenas of politics and how these new forms can create or remedy inequalitie.
Democracy, political participation, party competition, politics of immigration, Central Eastern Europe, text as data, computational social science