Dr. Lena Frischlich (Leadership)
After finishing her diploma in psychology at the University of Cologne (Title of the thesis “Death, Dissonance, and Distal Defense“), Dr. Lena Frischlich worked as research associate (post-graduate level) at the University of Cologne for the Institute of social psychology II: Media and communication (Prof. Gary Bente). She has finished her cumulative dissertation on the role of existential anxieties in mediated social encounters in January 2016 (“Join me in death: Managing mortality salience via mediated social encounters”). Since 2011, Dr. Lena Frischlich studies the staging and effects of (extremist) online-propaganda and mediated counter-offerings and started to work from July 2016 as post-doc for the Institute for Communication Science of the University of Münster in a project about the “recognition, proof and combating of covert propaganda attacks via online media”. In January 2018 she started leading her own jounor research group called “Democratic Resilience in Times of Online Propaganda, Fake News, Fear and Hate Speech (DemoRESILdigital)”.
Tim Schatto-Eckrodt (Research Associate)
Tim Schatto-Eckrodt completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication studies at the Department of Communication at the University of Münster. His master’s thesis dealt with the diffusion and the acceptance of new technologies. He worked as a tutor and student assistant at the Department of Communication, where he was, among other things, involved in the programming of data analysis tools. In October 2017, Tim Schatto-Eckrodt joined the BMBF-project “PropStop”, where he researched methods to identify attempts to influence public opinion through online-propaganda. Since May 2019 he worked as a research assistant in the junior research group “Democratic Resilience in Times of Online Propaganda, Fake News, Fear and Hate Speech (DemoRESILdigital)” headed by Dr. Lena Frischlich. Since October 2022, he has been working in the department of Prof. Dr. Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw (digitalized communication + sustainability) at the University of Hamburg.
Lena Clever (Research Associate, PhD-Student)
Lena Clever completed her bachelor’s and her master’s degree in Information Systems at the University of Münster. During her master’s programme she worked as a research student at the chair of Information Systems and Statistics. Since November 2018, she works as a PhD student at the chair of Information Systems and Statistics in Münster. Her main research areas are unsupervised and supervised learning methods, with the focus on the detection of Social Bots and the (semi-) automated analysis of texts. She participated within the Propstop project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is part of the junior research group “Democratic Resilience in Times of Online Propaganda, Fake News, Fear and Hate Speech (DemoRESILdigital)” headed by Dr. Lena Frischlich.
Student researach assistant: Jule Rieder
Former employees: Dennis Assenmacher (Post-Doc at GESIS – Leibnitz Institute for the Social Sciences), Felix Brinkschulte (PhD-Student, Department of Communication), Johanna Klapproth (Research assistant, Department of Communication), Tobias Kleineidam