Fellow Dr. rer. soc. Erik Meyer

Dr. rer. soc. Erik Meyer
Dr. rer. soc. Erik Meyer


  Fellow at CAIS in July and from September to November 2020


The US Presidential Election 2020 in the Context of Platforming Political Communication: Algorithmed Public Spheres and Computational Campaign Management

Campaigning can be understood as a focus for the transformation of political communication. Especially the US-presidential-elections are paradigmatic for developments which later occur in Germany or other democracies. A key factor in the transformation of the ways campaigns are communicating with the electorate and how they are organized, is digitalization and nowadays an algorithmed public sphere constituted by social network sites and search engines.

This builds the background for analyzing phenomena like political advertising on platforms and the way these enterprises execute „electoral content moderation“. The project is guided by an interest in (technological) innovations but also in evaluating them in the light of what we expect from a public sphere in democratic societies. In this perspective the project addresses the question, which changes can be seen in comparison to the election of 2016, and aims to consider them critically.

Main Research Topics
  • Political communication
  • Digital platforms
  • Public spheres
  • Participation
Curriculum Vitae
  • 04/2015 – 04/2017: Research Assistant at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen
  • since 12/2011: freelance work as author, lecturer and political scientist
  • 04/1998 – 03/2011: Research Assistant at the Institute for Political Science at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen (among others in the Collaborative Research Centre “Memory Cultures”, and Principal Investigator at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture)
  • 07/1999: Dissertation on “The Techno scene. A youth cultural phenomenon from a social science perspective”
  • 10/1989 – 02/1995: Master’s degree in political science at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
Publications and Presentations
  • “Wie nehmen Sie die aktuelle demokratische Öffentlichkeit wahr?” Interview mit dem Grimme Lab (07.2020). (https://www.grimme-lab.de/2020/07/20/interview-mit-dr-erik-meyer-politikwissenschaftler/)
  • „Zwischen Partizipation und Plattformisierung: Politische Kommunikation in der digitalen Gesellschaft“. Impuls bei der Online-Tagung „du. digital. demokratisch: Verantwortungsvolle Partizipation unter dem Vorzeichen der Digitalisierung“ (Evangelische Akademie Hofgeismar, 4.6.2020)
  • „Zwischen Partizipation und Plattformisierung: Politische Kommunikation in der digitalen Gesellschaft“. Vortrag bei der Lehrveranstaltung im berufsbegleitenden Weiterbildungsstudiengang „Master of Public Policy“ an der NRW School of Governance am 25.4.2020 (via Videokonferenz)
  • „Was ist gute Regierungskommunikation im Netz?“ Sessiongeber zum Thema beim Barcamp des Bundespresseamts zu politischer Kommunikation am 21.1.2020 in Berlin
  • „Facebook lässt Politik-Lügen zu – ‚Will sich nicht zum Richter aufspielen‘“. Interview für Web.de vom 25.10.2019 (https://web.de/magazine/panorama/facebook-laesst-politik-luegen-richter-aufspielen-34115030).
  • „Wahlkampf, digital“. In: politik&kommunikation 3/2019, S. 32–34. (www.politik-kommunikation.de/ressorts/artikel/das-sind-die-wichtigsten-trends-im-campaigning-54529709).
  • Zwischen Partizipation und Plattformisierung: Politische Kommunikation in der digitalen Gesellschaft. Frankfurt a. M. 2019.