Nicolai Berk - Political Science and Data Analysis | Academic Work


Work in progress


The Causal Effect of Media Frames on Issue Definitions

Dissertation project exploiting a natural shift in the media framing of migration to estimate the effect of framing on voters’ issue definitions

Working Paper | Github | Slides

March 2021 – today


Right-Wing Terrorist Attacks, the Media’s Reactions, and Radical Right Party Support

Ongoing project (with Werner Krause) studying media reactions to radical-right terrorism in Germany

Github

February 2021 – today


Measuring Rhetorical Similarity with Supervised Machine Learning

Working paper on the measurement of rhetorical similarity in political speech

Working Paper | Github | Slides

March 2020 – today


“Die Nationalratswahl 2017 unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Silberstein-Affäre”

Forthcoming book chapter in: “Blauer Band” (Eds. B. Weßels & H. Schoen), co-authored with Julia Partheymüller and Jakob-Moritz Eberl

October 2018 – November 2019




Presentations


Hypodermic Needle After All? Individual-level moderators of framing effects

Presentation of working paper

Slides

June 2020, EPSIP Colloquium, HU Berlin, Germany


Measuring Rhetorical Similarity with Supervised Machine Learning

Presentation of working paper

Slides

October 2020, EPSIP Colloquium, HU Berlin, Germany


To lead or to follow? Mainstream parties’ strategies and radical right success in Germany

Presentation of an ongoing project at the Hot Politics Lab

Slides | Github

October 2019, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Threat or Corrective? - The Causal Effect of Challenger Party Entrance on Political Trust

Presentation of a working paper at the 2019 Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Political Parties

Slides | Working Paper

August 2019, University of Aarhus, Denmark




Teaching


Intro to R and Statistics

Taught two independent labs as addition to Prof. Mark Kayser’s Stats I lecture for Master students, focusing on the R programming language

September - December 2020, Hertie School, Berlin, Germany




Data


EUSpeech v2.0. A dataset of 11,466 speeches by European Leaders

In charge of data collection using web-scrapers

Dataset | Report

September 2018 – July 2020, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


AUTNES Online Panel Study 2017

Responsible for data cleaning, manual coding and preparation of questionnaires.

Dataset

April 2017 - March 2018, University of Vienna, Austria


AUTNES Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Post-Election Survey 2017

Responsible for data cleaning, manual coding and preparation of questionnaires.

Dataset

April 2017 - March 2018, University of Vienna, Austria




Blog-posts


“Silberstein und Kern - hat der Skandal der SPÖ geschadet?”

Blog-post (Coauthored with Markus Wagner) on a scandal in the Austrian Lower House Election 2017; also covered by Austrian daily newspaper “Der Standard”.

Blogpost | News article

March 2018



Dormant


Using transfer learning to measure ideological bias

Project (with Tom Arend) assessing the performance of deep neural networks transferred from one domain (party press releases) to another (news)

Blogpost | Report | Github

March 2021 – today


Apart - Affective Polarization in Text

Collaborative project (with João Areal Neto and Phillip Mendoza) measuring hostility in parliaments using targeted sentiment analysis

Github

September 2019 – February 2020

 

Nicolai Berk