Dr. Daniel Maier, MPH

Daniel Maier_Portrait
Image Credit: David Ausserhofer (2019)

Division Communication Theory and Media Effects

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Researcher

Project "Translocal Networks: Public Sphere in the Social Web", Subproject of DFG-sponsored "Re-Figuration of Spaces"

Address
Otto-von-Simson-Str. 3
Room 203
14195 Berlin

Office hours

by arrangement

  • 2018: Dr. phil. (title of PhD-dissertation: Integrational dynamics in networked public spheres. A longitidinal comparative study of civil society online issue networks)

  • 2013-2016: Studies of Public Health (M.P.H. Public Health & Epidemiologie, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin)

  • Since December 2012: Research associate at the Devision Communication Theory and Media Effects, Free University in Berlin

  • 2009 – 2012: Studies of Communication Science (M.A. Media and Political Communication, Free University in Berlin)

  • 2006 – 2009: Studies of Political Science (B.A. Governance and Public Policy, University of Passau/Germany)

  • 2011: Studies of Communication Science at University of Zurich/Switzerland (Erasmus)

Winter term 2017/18:

Summer term 2014

Winter term 2013/14:

Summer term 2013

  • Political networks / Social media networks

  • Network analytics

  • Social simulation

  • Automated content analysis (esp. topic models)

Research projects:

  • 2018 - 2021: Research Associate in the project "Translocal Networks: Public Sphere in the Social Web", subproject of the collaborative research center "Re-Figuration of Spaces", funded by DFG (German Research Foundation).

  • 2012 - 2018: Research Associate in the project “The impact of challengers’ online communication on media agenda-building – a comparison across countries and issues.”, subproject within the Research Group “Political communication in the Online World”, funded by DFG (German Research Foundation).

Articles in scientific journals (with peer-review):

  • Stoltenberg, D., Maier, D., & Waldherr, A. (2019). Community detection in civil society online networks: Theoretical guide and empirical assessment. Social Networks, 59(2019), 120-133, doi: 10.1016/j.socnet.2019.07.001 (Open Access)

  • Schmid-Petri, H., Adam, S., Reber, U., Häussler, T., Maier, D., Miltner, P., Pfetsch, B. & Waldherr, A. (2018). Homophily and prestige: An assessment of their relative strength to explain link formation in the online climate change debate. Social Networks, 55(2018), 47-55, doi: 10.1016/j.socnet.2018.05.001

  • Maier, D., Waldherr, A., Miltner, P., Wiedemann, G., Niekler, A., Keinert, A., Pfetsch, B., Heyer, G., Reber, U., Häussler, T., Schmid-Petri, H., & Adam, S. (2018): Applying LDA topic modeling in communication research: Toward a valid and reliable methodology. Communication Methods and Measures (Special Issue: Computational Methods), 12(2-3), 93-118, doi: 10.1080/19312458.2018.1430754

  • Maier, D., Waldherr, A., Miltner, P., Jähnichen, P., & Pfetsch, B. (2017). Exploring issues in a networked public sphere: Combining hyperlink network analysis and topic modeling. Social Science Computer Review, doi: 10.1177/0894439317690337.

Working Paper / Preprints:

  • Maier, D., Niekler, A., Wiedemann, G, & Stoltenberg, D. (Pre-print 2019). How document sampling and vocabulary pruning affect the results of topic models. Working paper in Computational Communication Research. Available on Open Science Foundation: https://osf.io/2rh6g/

Book chapters

  • Stoltenberg, D. & Maier, D. (in print 2019). Descriptive Methods for Investigating Dynamics in Online Networks. In: P. Müller, S. Geiß, C. Schemer, T. K. Naab, C. Peter (Hrsg.): Dynamische Prozesse in der Kommunikationswissenschaft: Methodische Herausforderungen. Köln: Herbert von Halem.

  • Pfetsch, Barbara / Miltner, Peter / Maier, Daniel (2016): Old and New Dynamics of Agenda Building in a Hybrid Media System. In: G. Vowe & P. Henn (Hrsg.), Political Communication in the Online World: Theoretical Approaches and Research Designs. New York, NY / Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 45–58.

  • Maier, Daniel / Waldherr, Annie / Miltner, Peter / Schmid-Petri, Hannah / Häussler, Thomas & Adam, Silke (Im Erscheinen). Stichprobenziehung aus dem Netz – Wie man themenspezifische Online-Inhalte erfassen kann. In: Sommer, Katharina /  Wettstein, Martin / Wirth, Werner & Matthes, Jörg (Hrsg.), Automatisierung in der Inhaltsanalyse. Köln: Herbert von Halem.

Presentations and posters:

  • Maier, D. (2019, accepted). Vaccinating everybody? Simulating transmission processes of the human papillomavirus in sexual contact networks and the impact of prevention programs. 4th European Conference in Social Networks,  Zürich, Switzerland, 09 - 12.09.2019.

  • Kligler-Vilenchik, N., de Vries-Kedem, M., Maier, D., Stoltenberg, D. (2019, accepted). Twitter Networks of Voter (De)mobilization in the 2018 Municipal Elections in Jerusalem: A Mixed-Methods Analysis. 3rd European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science, Zürich, Switzerland, 02 - 04.09.2019.

  • Pfetsch, B., Maier, D., Stoltenberg, D. Waldherr, A., Kligler-Vilenchik, N., & de Vries-Kedem, M. (2019). How local is the digital public sphere on Twitter? A comparison between Berlin and Jerusalem. 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Washington DC, 24 - 28.05.2019.

  • Maier, D. (2019). Integrationsmechanismen zivilgesellschaftlicher Netzwerköffentlichkeiten: Longitudinale Analyse eines Online-Issue-Netzwerks. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Münster, 09 - 11.05.2019.

  • Maier, D., Stoltenberg, D., Waldherr, A., & Pfetsch, B. (2019). TweetX: An R-Shiny Web Application for Exploring Collections of Tweets. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Münster, 09 - 11.05.2019.

  • Maier, D., Stoltenberg, S., Pfetsch, B., Waldherr, A. (2019). Translocal Networks of Urban Twitter Spheres: A Case Study from Berlin. First International Conference of the Collaborative Research Center "Re-figuration of Spaces", Berlin, 21.02.2019.

  • Waldherr, A., Stoltenberg, D., Maier, D., & Pfetsch, B. (2018). Translocalization of public spheres in a digitized world. 7th Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), Lugano, Switzerland, 01.11.2018.

  • Maier, D., Niekler, A. & Wiedemann, G. (2018): Can we use document samples for LDA topic models? 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic, 25.05.2018.

  • Stoltenberg, D., Maier, D. & Waldherr, Annie (2018): Community Detection in Online Networks of Civil Society: Theoretical Guide and Empirical Assessment. 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Prague, Czech Republic, 25.05.2018.

  • Maier, D. & Stoltenberg, D. (2018): Tracing Twitter, Workshop at IRS (Institut für raumbezogene Sozialforschung) Spring Academy, 23.05.2018.

  • Waldherr, A., Stoltenberg, D., Maier, D. & Pfetsch, Barbara (2017): Translokalisierung von Öffentlichkeiten in einer digitalisierten Welt: Ein Theoriebeitrag. Jahrestagung der DGPuK-Fachgruppe Digitale Kommunikation, Hochschule Macromedia, Stuttgart, Deutschland, 09.11.2017.

  • Stelzmann, D., Maier, D., Ehmig, S.C. & Heymann, L. (2017): Bridging health information gaps – Can mass media usage improve health inequalities in favor of the socially disadvantaged? Results from a representative survey study in Germany. Vortrag auf der Annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication (IAMCR), 16.-20. Juli, Cartagena, Kolumbien.

  • Stelzmann, D., Maier, D., Paasch-Colberg, S. & Wagner, J. (2017): German media coverage about pedophilia and its effects on preventive therapy programs. Vortrag auf dem World Congress of Psychiatry (WPA XVII), 08.-12. Oktober, Berlin.

  • Maier, D. (2017). Wie man Kommunikationsnetzwerke statistisch erklären kann. Am Beispiel eines Exponential Random Graph Modells für Online-Issue Netzwerke. Vortrag auf der Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), 30. März - 1. April, Düsseldorf.

  • Maier, D., Waldherr, A., Miltner, P., Wiedemann, G., Niekler, A., Heyer, G., Keinert, A.M.C., Pfetsch, B., Häussler, T., Reber, U., Schmid-Petri, H., & Adam, S. (2017). Applying LDA topic modeling in communication research: Towards a valid and reliable methodology. Vortrag im Rahmen der 67. Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA), 25.-29. Mai, San Diego, USA.

  • Pfetsch,B., Maier, D., Miltner,P., & Waldherr, A. Diffusion Models in Online Agenda-Setting: Theoretical Models and Empirical Assessment (2017). Vortrag im Rahmen der 67. Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA), (Precoference Polical Communication in the Online World), 25.-29. Mai, San Diego, USA.

  • Schmid‐Petri, H., Häussler, T., Adam, S., Reber, U., Maier, D., Miltner, P., Pfetsch, B. & Waldherr, A. (2017). Homophily versus prestige – adding topics to the explanation of link formation on the web. Vortrag im Rahmen der 67. Jahrestagung der International Communication Association (ICA), 25.-29. Mai, San Diego, USA.

  • Pfetsch, Barbara / Maier, Daniel / Miltner, Peter / Waldherr, Annie (2016): About Frankenfood and Salmonella: Framing Food Safety in US News Media and Online Issue Networks. Paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), June 9-13, Fukuoka, Japan.

  • Maier, Daniel / Waldherr, Annie / Miltner, Peter / Jaehnichen, Patrick & Pfetsch, Barbara (2015): Exploring issues in a networked public sphere.Combining hyperlink network analysis and topic modeling. Vortrag angenommen zur Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), 21. - 25. Mai, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • Pfetsch, Barbara / Maier, Daniel / Miltner, Peter & Waldherr, Annie (2015): Connection for Salience – Old and New Media in Agenda Building on the Internet. A Comparison between German and US American Issue Networks. Vortrag angenommen zur Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Kommunikations‐ und Medienwissenschaft (SGKM), 13. - 14. März, Bern.

  • Pfetsch, Barbara / Maier, Daniel / Miltner, Peter & Waldherr, Annie (2014): Connection for salience – Old and new media in agenda-building on the Internet. Vortrag auf der ECREA 5th European Communication Conference, 12. - 15. November, Lissabon, Portugal.

  • Miltner, Peter / Pfetsch, Barbara / Maier, Daniel & Waldherr, Annie (2014): Grasping issues in a networked public sphere: Strategies to draw and prepare random samples of heterogeneous web sources. Vortrag auf der Tagung "Political Context Matters: Content Analysis in the Social Sciences", 10. - 11. Oktober, Mannheim.

  • Pfetsch, Barbara / Maier, Daniel / Miltner, Peter & Waldherr, Annie (2013): Online networks of challengers in food policy: A comparative study of structures and coalitions in Germany, UK, US and Switzerland. Paper presented at the 7th ECPR General Conference, 4.-7. September, Bordeaux, France.

  • Miltner, Peter / Maier, Daniel / Waldherr, Annie & Pfetsch, Barbara (2014): Wie flüchtig ist digitale Öffentlichkeit? Empirische Befunde zur Stabilität und Dynamik themenspezifischer Öffentlichkeiten im Internet. Vortrag auf der Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK), 28. - 30. Mai, Passau.

  • Waldherr, Annie / Maier, Daniel / Miltner, Peter & Günther, Enrico (2014): Big data, big noise: The challenge of extracting issue networks from the Web. Vortrag auf der Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA),  22. - 26. Mai, Seattle / WA, USA.

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