As of September 2018 I am a Ph.D. Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute (EUI), where I am being supervised by Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi.
My doctoral thesis is concerned with the effect and purpose of, as well as the solution to post-truth politics. Quite ambiguously, post-truth is considered to be both the consequence as well as the driver behind the fake news environment, alongside the cause of mistrust of authority and scepticism towards science. Post-truth either is the puzzle in its intirety or rather a piece of the puzzle that fits fake-news, conspiracy beliefs, doublethinking, populist rhetoric and what has been referred to as ‘bullshit’ (Harry Frankfurt). My research project is therefore aimed at revealing the precise relationship between these terms to understand its independent effects on political behaviour.
Before joining the EUI, I completed a Masters in Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), which ultimately inspired me to do a Masters in Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). After that, I continued working at the UAB as a research assistant on a project on Populist Attitudes in Spanish Public Opinion (2017-2018), supervised by Prof. Eva Anduiza. The main purpose of this project was analyzing the characteristics, causes and consequences of populist attitudes. It was the succession and combination of these experiences that got me especially interested in the post-truth phenomenon and its repercussions on political behaviour and attitudes.