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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Klinger

Associate Researcher
Ulrike Klinger

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Klinger is Professor for Media and Communication Science at FU Berlin, with a special focus on digital communication and gender aspects. Her research focuses on political communication, the transformation of digital public spheres, local communication and digital technologies such as algorithms or social bots.

Ulrike Klinger completed her doctorate in Political Science at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main in 2010. From 2009 to 2018 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Communication Science and Media Research at the University of Zurich, a visting researcher at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society HIIG in Berlin (2013) and the Center for Information Technology and Society CITS at the University of California in Santa Barbara (2017), and visiting professor for digital communication at Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen (WS 2016/2017).

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Associate Researcher

Since 15.9.2022: Research Group "Digital News Dynamics"

Until 14.9.2022: Research Group "News, Campaigns and the Rationality of Public Discourse"

Fields of research

  • Politische Kommunikation
  • Transformation digitaler Öffentlichkeiten
  • Lokale Kommunikation
  • Digitale Medien und Technologien wie Algorithmen oder Social Bots



Keller, T.R. & Klinger, U. (2018). Social bots in Germany’s 2017 national election campaign: Theoretical, empirical and methodological implications. Best Paper Award, International Communication Association ICA Political Communication Section, Mai 2018.

Klinger, U. & Svensson, J. (2018). The end of media logics? On algorithms and agency. New Media & Society.

Klinger, U. (2018). Aufstieg der Semiöffentlichkeit: Eine relationale Perspektive. Publizistik, 63(2), 245-267.

Klinger, U. (2018). Semiöffentlichkeit und politische Mobilisierung. In Hepp, A., Kubitschko, S., & Marszolek, I. (Hrsg.). Die mediatisierte Stadt (pp. 195-209). Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

Klinger, Ulrike (2018): Semiöffentlichkeit und politische Mobilisierung. Social Media in der mediatisierten Stadt, In: Hepp, Andreas, Kubitschko, Sebastian, Marszolek, Inge (Hrsg.): Die mediatisierte Stadt: Kommunikative Figurationen des urbanen Zusammenlebens. VS Springer. S. 195-209.

Klinger, Ulrike/ Russmann, Uta (2017): “Beer is more efficient than social media” - Political parties and strategic communication in Austrian and Swiss national elections. Journal of Information Technology & Politics,

Jarren, Otfried & Klinger, Ulrike (2017): Öffentlichkeit und Medien im digitalen Zeitalter: Zwischen Differenzierung und Neu-Institutionalisierung, In: Gapski, Harald, Oberle, Monika, Staufer, Walter (Hrsg.): Medienkompetenz als Herausforderung für Politik, politische Bildung und Medienbildung, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn. S. 33-42.

Klinger, Ulrike & Svensson, Jakob (2016): Network media logic: Some conceptual considerations, In: Bruns, Axel; Enli, Gunn; Skogerbø, Eli; Larsson, Anders O. & Christensen, Christian (eds): Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics. New York & London: Routledge. S. 23-38.

Klinger, Ulrike/ Svensson, Jakob (2015): The emergence of network media logic in political communication: A theoretical approach. New Media & Society 17(8): 1241-1257.

Klinger, Ulrike/ Russmann, Uta (2014): Measuring online deliberation in local politics: An empirical analysis of the 2011 Zurich City Debate. International Journal of E-Politics 5(1): 61‐77.

Klinger, Ulrike (2013): Mastering the art of social media: Swiss parties, the 2011 national election and digital challenges. Information, Communication and Society 16(5): 717-736.

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