About Us

We are an international network of researchers working on media bias and related research areas. We are always open for new partners or students joining us for a thesis project or Ph.D. – in collaboration with any university or chair. You can read more about getting to know or joining us on our mission here. The group was founded by Timo Spinde in early 2020. So far, this is who we are:

Timo Spinde

Coordinator of the research network

Universities of Wuppertal, Konstanz & Passau


Smilla Hinterreiter

Ph.D. candidate

University of Würzburg


Professors, Departments & Postdocs


Prof. Dr. Bela Gipp

Prof. Dr. Michael Granitzer

Data Science

University of Passau

+498515093306


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gaissmaier

Social Psychology and Decision Sciences

University of Konstanz

+49 7531 88-3024


Prof. Dr. Akiko Aizawa

Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division Professor / Deputy Director General

National Institute of Informatics Tokyo


Prof. Dr. Karsten Donnay

Political Behavior and Digital Media

University of Zurich

+41 44 634 58 57


Prof. Dr. Isao Echizen

Information and Society Research Division

National Institute of Informatics Tokyo


Prof. Dr. Jelena Mitrovic

Computational Rhetoric and NLP / Leader of the BMBF funded CAROLL Research Group

University of Passau

+49 851 509 3955


Prof. Dr. Thomas Nygren

Senior lecturer/Associate Professor, Department of Education

Uppsala University

+46 73 6468649


Prof. Dr. Marcel Garz

Associate Professor of Economics

Jönköping International Business School

+46 (0)36 10 17 82


Prof. Steffi Hußlein

Professor Interaction Design

University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal (Institute Industrial Design)

+49 170 4816986


Prof. Dr. Marc Erich Latoschik

Prof. Dr. Martin Potthast

Professor of Text Mining und Retrieval (JP)

Universty of Leipzig

+49 341 97-32382


Prof. Dr. Philipp Schaer

Director of the Institute of Information Management (IIM)

Cologne University of Applied Sciences

+49 221-8275-3845


Carl-Anton Werner Axelsson

Postdoc, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction

Uppsala University

+4618-471 3465


Felix Hamborg

Ph.D., Data & Knowledge Engineering

University of Konstanz

+49 (0)7531 88 4805


Dr. Helge Giese

Postdoc, Social Psychology and Decision Sciences

University of Konstanz

+49 7531 88-3487


Anastasia Zhukova

Ph.D. candidate, Data & Knowledge Engineering

University of Wuppertal

+49 (0)202 439 1878


Fabian Haak

Ph.D. candidate at TH Köln, Information Retrieval Research Group

TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences


Active students


Ann-Christin Gah

Technical University of Munich, CDTM


Ahmed Altour

University of Passau


Elisabeth Richter

University of Konstanz


Jerome Wassmuth

University of Konstanz


Tomáš Horych

Czech Technical University in Prague


Felix Kettenbeil

University of Göttingen


Zeynep Fert

University of Tilburg


Sultan Us Zamman

University of Passau


Fabian Schliski

University of Passau


Martin Wessel

University of Konstanz


Anna Bahß

University of Konstanz


Jerome Würf

University of Leipzig


Past students


Magdalena Haupt

University of Konstanz


Christin Jeggle

University of Konstanz


Lada Rudnitckaia

University of Konstanz


Kanishka Sinha

University of Passau


Jakob Speier

University of Konstanz


Daniel Färber

University of Konstanz


Jonas Ehrhardt

University of Amsterdam


Manuel Plank

University of Konstanz


Shiva Madilla

University of Passau


Jack Krueger

University of Konstanz


Christina Kreuter

University of Konstanz


Apurva Jagdale

University of Passau


Przemyslaw Joniak

National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo


Tilman Hornung

University of Konstanz


David Krieger

University of Konstanz


Kathrin Holzinger

University of Passau


Oumaima Chedly

University of Passau


Here is a group photo of a small part of the group on a group trip: