A picture of me giving a workshop. © Miklós Sebők


My name is Nicolai Berk, I am a PhD Candidate at the Dynamics Research Training Group and the Chair for Comparative Politics at Humboldt University Berlin.

My research

My main interest revolves around political communication and its effects on elites’ and voters’ cognitive representations of politics, especially about immigration. Among other things, this concerns how news framing affects political attitudes and voting behaviour. To study these topics, I combine computational text analysis and econometric tools. I also did some work on the measurement of radical-right rhetoric and its adoption by other parties. My dissertation is supervised by Thomas Meyer, as well as Heike Klüver and Rune Slothuus.

How I got here

Before moving to Berlin, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vienna and a Master of Science in Social Science from the University of Amsterdam. In Vienna, I was working as a Research Assistant to Markus Wagner, mainly on the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES). In Amsterdam, I worked for Gijs Schumacher, mainly collecting data for EUSpeech V2. Gijs also invited me to the Hot Politics Lab.

About this Website

This website contains some information about my academic work, teaching, and a current CV.