Instructors

Martin Haselmayer

Martin Haselmayer is a postdoctoral researcher in the Varieties of Egalitarianism project at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. He specializes in text analysis, such as quantitative content analysis, crowd-coding, text mining, and (semi) automated sentiment analysis. Amongst his methodological publications he co-authored articles on crowdcoding Sentiment analysis of political communication: Combining a dictionary approach with crowdcoding (Quality & Quantity, 2017, with Marcelo Jenny) and sentiment analysis using word embeddings More than bags of words: Sentiment Analysis with word embeddings (2018, Communication Methods and Measures, with Elena Rudkowsky et al.). 

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Alexander Horn

Alexander Horn is head of the Emmy Noether Group Varieties of Egalitiarianism: Mapping the Politics of Inequality with Online Crowd-Coding at the Cluster of Excellence Politics of Inequality at the University of Konstanz. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor and John F. Kennedy Fellow at Aarhus University and at Harvard. He has received international distinctions, grants, and prizes for his expertise on (online) crowd-coding, as summarized in the paper Can the online crowd match real expert judgments? How task complexity and coder location affect the validity of crowd-coded data (2019, European Journal of Political Research). He has also taught and published on content validity, human coding and expert judgments (e.g., in Peeping at the Corpus: What is really going on behind the equality and welfare items of the Manifesto Project?, Journal of European Social Policy, 2017).

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Eva Thomann

Eva Thomann is a full professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz who specializes in policy implementation research. She teaches case-oriented and set-theoretic research design and methodology at international method schools. Amongst her methodological publications, she co-authored the textbook Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) Using R: A Beginner’s Guide (2021, Cambridge University Press, with Carsten Q. Schneider and Ioana-Elena Oana) and Designing Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA): Approaches, Challenges, Tools (2020, Sociological Methods & Research, with Martino Maggetti). Eva Thomann is a board member of the COMPArative Methods for Systematic cross-caSe analysis (COMPASSS) and a founding member of the Methods Excellence Network (MethodsNET).

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Christina Zuber

Christina Isabel Zuber is full professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz. She studied Political Science, Slavic Languages and Philosophy at the University of Cologne, where she also received her doctorate. Before joining the University of Konstanz, she held positions at Pompeu Fabra University, and the Universities of Bremen and Zurich. As a convinced methodological pluralist, she has long-standing experience in working with quantitative and qualitative methods of social research, and uses her expertise in philosophy of science to improve the quality of causal explanation in the social sciences (e.g. with Ingo Rohlfing in Check your truth conditions! Clarifying the relationship between theories of causation and social science methods of causal inference. Sociological Methods and Research 2019).

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