my name is Dr Jessica Kunert and this my blog.
Please note that quite a lot of the posts are in German – but don’t fret! – I try my best to translate most of the posts into English.
Just take a look at the „English“ category!
If you want to contact me, please write to jessica.kunert (at) ifkw.lmu.de.
I am a political scientist – but you might have already gathered that from the name of the website.
My academic homes are the University of Hamburg (Bachelor of Arts) as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I did my Master of Science and wrote part of my PhD thesis as a Visiting Research Student.
In July 2015, defended my PhD thesis at the Leuphana University Lüneburg, where I was a fully funded PhD candidate. My thesis was examined by Prof. Dr. Florian Grotz, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Müller-Rommel, and Prof. Dr. Simon Hix.
I’m now working at the the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. So, I work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Chair of „Computational Journalism“ (Prof. Neil Thurman).
My research focuses on Computational Journalism, politicians online, and sports communication. These are also the main topics of this blog, but of course other topics pop up from time to time – like posts about Great Britain, a pet issue of mine.
My PhD project dealt with the online presence of Members of the European Parliament as well as national parliamentarians – to be more precise, I studied their websites.
The monograph was published in April 2016 (in English): „Members of the European Parliament on the Web. Transpareny, Information and Representation on Personal Websites of Parliamentarians“.
More about me:
- since 01/2016: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Chair for Computational Journalism,
Department of Communication Studies and Media Research,
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
- 08/2015-01/2016: Research Associate at the Chair for Political Science, especially Comparative Government,
Institute for Political Science, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg.
- 2009-2010: Research Assistant (department ‚digital interactive media‘),
Hans-Bredow-Institute for Media Research, Hamburg.
- since 05/2016: Habilitation candidate in communication science,
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
Overaching topic of the cumulative habilitation: The influence of algorithms, automatisation, and other new digital technologies on journalism and its recipients.
- 2012-2015: PhD candidate (Dr. rer. pol.), Leuphana University Lüneburg,
at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Florian Grotz [now at Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg].
Class: „magna cum laude“.
- 10/2012-03/2013: Visiting Research Student, London School of Economics and Political Science,
at the Government Department, Supervisor: Prof. Simon Hix.
- 2010-2011: Master of Science „Politics and Government in the European Union“,
graduated „with distinction“,
London School of Economics and Political Science.
- 2007-2010: Bachelor of Arts „Political Science“, graduated with distinction („sehr gut“),
University of Hamburg.
- Thurman, Neil/Dörr, Konstantin/Kunert, Jessica (2017): Journalists get hands-on with robo-writing. Professionals consider news automation’s capabilities and consequences. In Digital Journalism. Online first. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21670811.2017.1289819.
- Kunert, Jessica (2016): Informations- und Transparenzelemente auf den persönlichen Webseiten der Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlaments. In: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, Vol. 10, Supplement 2, pp. 41-65.
- Thurman, Neil/Cornia, Alessio/Kunert, Jessica (2016): Journalists in the UK. Oxford: Reuters Institute Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Available online: https://epub.ub.uni-muenchen.de/30989/1/Country_report_UK.pdf.
- Kunert, Jessica (2016): Members of the European Parliament on the Web. Transparency, Information and Representation on Personal Websites of Parliamentarians. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
- Kunert, Jessica (2016): Review of „Die Online-Kommunikation von politischen Interessengruppen in der Schweiz“ by Matthias Brändli (2015), In: Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, Vol. 64, No. 1, pp. 121f.
- Kunert, Jessica (2015): Review of „Social-Media-Kommunikation nationaler Regierungen in Europa. Theoretische Grundlagen und vergleichende Länderanalysen“, by eds. Holger Sievert and Astrid Nelke, Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, Vol. 63, No. 3.
- Kunert, Jessica/Schmidt, Jan (2011): Hub, Fine-Tuner oder Business as Usual? Social Network Sites und die Bundestagswahl 2009. In: Schweitzer, Eva J./Albrecht, Steffen (eds.) (2011): Das Internet im Wahlkampf. Analysen zur Bundestagswahl 2009. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
- Interviews with Darryn Lyons and Michael Kneissler, In: Bergmann, Jens/Pörksen, Bernhard (eds.) (2009): Skandal! Die Macht der öffentlichen Empörung. Köln: Halem-Verlag.
- 04/2017: Award for excellence in teaching for the project course “Communication in German professional football” (evaluation mean score of 1.16) at the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research of LMU Munich.
- 08/2012-07/2015: Full funding for the PhD from the Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University Lüneburg.
- 03/2012: Won the „Thesis Competition“ for the best master’s thesis at the General Online Research Conference 2012 in Mannheim, 06.03.2012.
Teaching and supervision
Courses and seminars
Mentoring of students
- 10/2012-09/2015: Academic adviser for eight undergraduate students (political science major and minor) at the Leuphana University Lüneburg.
Conferences and presentations:
- September 2017: Presentation “Die DNA der deutschen Fußball-Talks. Themenauswahl, Themendarstellung, Aufmachung, und Gästeauswahl von Sportschau Club, Volkswagen Doppelpass, und Sky90“ at the 3rd annual conference of the ad hoc group „Mediensport & Sportkommunikation“ of the DGPuK in Hamburg, 25-26.09.2017.
- September 2017: Presentation “Perceptions of Automated News: A Meta-Analysis” with Neil Thurman at the Future of Journalism 2017 Conference in Cardiff, United Kingdom, 14.09.-15.09.2017.
- Presentation „An ideological gap? Citizens and journalists in four countries“ with Luigi Curini, Thomas Hanitzsch, Sergio Splendore, and Tim P. Vos at the 7th annual conference of the European Political Science Association in Milan, Italy, 22.06.2017.
- Presentation “The form of content personalisation at mainstream, transatlantic news outlets: 2010–2016” with Neil Thurman at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in San Diego, USA, 25.05.-29.05.2017
- Presentation “When reporters get hands-on with robo-writing: Professionals consider automated journalism’s capabilities and consequences” with Neil Thurman and Konstantin Dörr at the 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in San Diego, USA, 25.05.-29.05.2017
- Presentation “The How and Why of Personalised News Distribution: An International, Longitudinal, Mixed-Methods Study of Online Outlets (2010-2016)” at the ICA preconference “Distribution Matters: Media Circulation in Civic Life & Popular Culture” in San Diego, 25.05.2017
- Presentation “Der Trendsetter ist männlich, Großstädter, und Mainstream-Journalist. Wie Algorithmen Nachrichten aus Twitter auswählen” at the annual DGPuK conference in Düsseldorf, 31.03.2017
- Presentation “Male, metropolitan, and mainstream: Bias in algorithmic news sourcing from Twitter” at the ECREA Journalism Studies Section Conference in Odense, 23.03.2017
- Presentation “Involved or apathetic? Journalists’ relationship with the political sphere” at the Second Annual International Journal of Press/Politics Conference in Oxford, 30.09.2016.
- Presentation “Parliamentarians on the Web – what do their websites tell us about them? Members of the European Parliament and national parliamentarians in comparison” at the
General Online Research Conference in Cologne, 20.03.2015
- Presentation “MEPs on the Web – different from national MPs or just the same? Socialisation and the new digital media in the European Parliament“ at the Political Science and Political Economy Research Group Doctoral Seminar of the Government Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, 28.10.2013
- Presentation „MEPs on the Web. The European Parliament, its communications function, and the new digital media“ at the Tuesday Seminar of the Centre for the Study of Democracy of Leuphana University Lüneburg in Lüneburg, 25.06.2013.
- Presentation “MEPs on the Web – The European Parliament, its communication function and the new digital media” at the 13th European Union Studies Association Biennial Conference 2013 in Baltimore, 09.05.2013
- Presentation „E-Participation in the European Multi-Level System. Supply and Use of New Digital Media in the European Parliament.“ at the Tuesday Seminar of the Centre for the Study of Democracy of Leuphana University Lüneburg in Lüneburg, 29.05.2012.
- Presentation “Building a digital electoral connection: MEPs‘ websites and Facebook profiles. How do MEPs present themselves online?” at the General Online Research Conference 2012 in Mannheim, 06.03.2012
- Presentation “Hub, Fine-Tuner or Business as Usual? Social Network Sites in the 2009 Federal Election” with Dr. Jan-Hinrik Schmidt at the General Online Research Conference 2010 in Pforzheim, 28.05.2010
- Organiser of the two-day international conference “Algorithms, Automation, and News: Capabilities, Cases, and Consequences“ on 22. to 23. May 2018 at LMU Munich
- Organiser of the two-day international student and doctoral workshop of the „Nachwuchsnetzwerk Politische Kommunikation“ (NapoKo) (biggest network for young scholars of political science and communication science in Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, from 12. to 14.06.2014.
Last updated: 29.06.2017