de / en

Daniel Thiele

Research Associate

Daniel Thiele is a research associate at the group "Dynamics of Digital Moblilisation". His research in the group focuses on coordinated disinformation campaigns and user-generated political communication on social media.

Currently, he is completing his PhD in political science at the University of Vienna. In his thesis, he examines populism in user comments. His expertise includes computational methods for analyzing text and digital trace data. Daniel holds a Master’s degree in political science from the U Vienna, and a Bachelor’s degree from U Mannheim. He was visiting fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute and at the U Amsterdam. Previously, he was a PhD researcher in the FWF-funded project ‘Political and Media Populism’ (U Vienna) and recipient of the OeAD Marietta Blau Scholarship.

Daniel is a dedicated community builder, as evidenced by his role as chair of the Political Communication section at the ECPR General Conference 2023. His research has been awarded at the ECPR Conference in 2019 (Best PolCom Paper), the ICA Regional Conference on Computational Communication Research in 2022 (Best Paper), and the ECREA Conference in 2022 (EJC Travel Grant).

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Associate

Research Focus: Digital Markets and Public Spheres on Platforms

Research Group: Dynamics of Digital Mobilization

Former Research Fellow:

Research Group: Digitalisation and the Transnational Public Sphere

1 January – 31 March 2022

Fields of research

  • Political communication
  • populism
  • disinformation campaigns
  • user-generated online communication
  • social media
  • computational methods


Social Media:

Freie Universität Berlin (FU)