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Prof. Dr. Lena Ulbricht

Research Group Lead
Lena Ulbricht

Lena Ulbricht is interim professor in Political Theory at the Technical University Munich for the year 2023/2024. Lena Ulbricht co-leads the research group "Technology, Power, and Domination". Her work explores how theories of power and democracy can add to the regulation of digital technologies and platforms. Another strand of her work analyzes the power implications of public sector platforms and software and the quantification of populations in modern states.

She obtained her habilitation in political science at the University of Bremen with a thesis about “Governance with Digital Technologies and the Role of the State”. Previously she obtained her PhD in political science at the Humboldt-University of Berlin with a book about policy-making in German federalism. Lena Ulbricht is elected speaker of the DVPW working group Politics and Digitalization and co-host of the intersectional feminist podcast Purple Code.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Focus: Digital Infrastructures in Democracy

Research Group Lead

Since 15 September 2022:

Research Group “Technology, Power and Domination

Until 14 September 2022:

Research Group “Quantification and Social Regulation


Committees and functions

  • Editor Weizenbaum Journal for Networked Societies

Fields of research

  • Regulation & Governance
  • Digital Technologies & Platforms
  • Power & Governance
  • Digital Democracies
  • Latin America


Social media

Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)