I am professor for „Media, Algorithms, and Society“ at the department of media studies at Paderborn University in Germany. My work combines theories of (digital) media and technologies with approaches from social theory, cultural studies, and political philosophy.

Recently, my research has been focused on the entanglement of technology with concepts of subjectivity, rationality, and autonomy — with a particular focus on algorithms and machine learning. 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.

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 in Tübingen 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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