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M. A. Xixuan Zhang

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Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

Student Assistant

Research Group 14 "News, Campaigns and the Rationality of Public Discourse"

Hardenbergstraße 32
10623 Berlin

Xixuan Zhang is a research associate in the research group 14 "News, Campaigns and the Rationality of Public Discourse" at the Weizenbaum Institute and is writing her doctoral thesis on "Mapping Digital Environmentalism: a Computational Approach" at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied media and communication studies at Freie Universität Berlin and media informatics at Technische Universität Berlin. Her research interests are in digital activism, online discourse, and social media publics. Additionally, she researches the use of computational methods ranging from text mining to network analysis and machine learning to generate a better understanding of the networked society.

In the research group 14, "News, Campaigns, and the Rationality of Public Discourse", Xixuan Zhang investiagtes disinformation campaigns in digital media and networks.

Research fields:

  • social movements
  • digital activism
  • online discourse
  • disinformation
  • public sphere
  • computational social science

Klinger, U., Bennett, W. L., Knüpfer, C. B., Martini, F., & Zhang, X. (2022). From the fringes into mainstream politics: intermediary networks and movement-party coordination of a global anti-immigration campaign in Germany, Information, Communication & Society, https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2022.2050415

Zhang, X. (2021). Understanding Digitally Networked Action: A Case Study of #HomeToVote and the Irish Abortion Referendum 2018. SCM Studies in Communication and Media, https://doi.org/10.5771/2192-4007-2021-4-502