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Daniel Thiele

Research Associate

Daniel Thiele studied political science at the University of Vienna and at the University of Mannheim. He was a research assistant at the University of Vienna and, as holder of an OeAD scholarship, visiting scholar at the Weizenbaum Institute and the University of Amsterdam. In his dissertation he examines user-generated populist communication on social media. In the research group “Dynamics of Digital Mobilization“ he investigates inauthentic coordinated behavior in digital publics.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Associate:

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
  • User-generated communication on social media platforms
  • Computational social sciences


  • “Political and Media Populism (POP-MED). ‘Refugee crisis’ in Slovenia and Austria”, (2019-2022) FWF/ARRS, Prof. Dr. Brigit Sauer, Dr. Mojca Pajnik, Assoc. Prof.
  • “Covid-19 and Populist Facebook User Comments in 7 European Countries", Kaiserschild Privatstiftung (2021-2022), Daniel Thiele



Thiele, Daniel. 2022a. “Pandemic Populism? How Covid-19 Triggered Populist Facebook User Comments in Germany and Austria.” Politics and Governance 10(1): 185–96.

Thiele, Daniel. 2022b. “Thieled/DictvectoR.” (November 17, 2022).

Thiele, Daniel, Birgit Sauer, and Otto Penz. 2021. “Right-Wing Populist Affective Governing: A Frame Analysis of Austrian Parliamentary Debates on Migration.” Patterns of Prejudice 55(5): 457–77.

Thiele, Daniel, and Tjaša Turnšek. 2022. “How Right-Wing Populist Comments Affect Online Deliberation on News Media Facebook Pages.” Media and Communication 10(4): 141–54.

University of Vienna