I am a research assistant at the Department of Media Psychology at the School of Communication of the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany). I have studied communication science, economic sciences, and philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany) and the Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). I have previously worked at PRIME Research in Mainz and at the Department of Politics and Current Affairs of the ZDF (Germany's national public television broadcaster).
In my research, I primarily aim at understanding computer-mediated communication. I am specifically interested in the psychological experience of privacy in online environments. Currently, I am investigating how people navigate networked environments while engaging in privacy regulation and self-disclosure. I am further interested in alternative methods of data collection (e.g., tracking and experience sampling methods) and statistical modeling (e.g., longitudinal structure equation modeling, multilevel modeling, and item response theory).
I am about to finish my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sabine Trepte. In my dissertation, I argued that that we (as scholars) might have put too much importance on identifying person-specific behavioral patterns and have failed to recognize the power of situations in determining people’s behavior. More specifically, I advanced the theory of situational privacy and self-disclosure. Using a combination of traditional survey methods, logging techniques, and experience-sampling methods, I further tested the assumptions of this theory in the context of smartphone-based communication. Results revealed that individuals' perceptions of changing online environments determine the prevailing situational level of privacy and, in turn, the psychologically perceived adequacy for engaging in self-disclosure.
On this website, you can find more information about my research, publications, and my academic background.