I am professor for „Media, Algorithms, and Society“ at the department of media studies at Paderborn University in Germany. I work on the intersections of (digital) technology, (normative) social theory, and politics.

Recently, my research has been focused on the entanglement of technology with concepts of subjectivity, rationality, and autonomy. A second (and related) strand of my research deals with normative theories of privacy. In particular I am interested in ways of grounding the value of privacy beyond its traditional origins in liberal political thought.

Together with Jan Kalbitzer and Thorsten Quandt I coordinate a research project on the Internet and Mental Health, funded by the Daimler and Benz Foundation.In earlier research I have dealt with the ethical implications of using pattern recognition and other forms of automation in security applications.

I have studied philosophy and computer science in Karlsruhe, Rome, and Berlin and graduated with a¬† „Diplom“ (master’s degree equivalent) in computer science from the¬†Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I received my PhD in philosophy in 2012 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. After receiving my PhD I have been working at the Internatial Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities followed by a year at the department of philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt-Foundation.

Research Areas

theories and ethics of technology (in particular data and algorithms), political theory (in particular Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault and theories of privacy), new materialism, queer- and gender studies, critical phenomenology


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