Nicolai Berk - Political Science and Data Analysis | Academic Work


Work in progress


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

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

February 2021 – today


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)

March 2021 – today


Measuring Rhetorical Similarity with Supervised Machine Learning

Working paper (currently under review) on the measurement of rhetorical similarity in political speech

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

Measuring Rhetorical Similarity with Supervised Machine Learning

Presentation of working paper

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

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

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

September 2018 – July 2020, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


AUTNES Online Panel Study 2017

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

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.

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”.

March 2018

Dormant


Apart - Affective Polarization in Text

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

September 2019 – February 2020

 

Nicolai Berk