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Department of Communication and Media Research International & Comparative Media Research

Christian Pipal

Christian Pipal, MA

  • Oberassistent / Senior Research and Teaching Associate
+41 44 635 20 77
Room number
AND 3.52

Curriculum vitae

09/2022 – present

External lecturer at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland

04/2019 – present Ph.D. researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10/2020 – 03/2021 Visiting researcher at the Computational Communication Lab, Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria
02/2018 – 02/2019 Research Associate at NEOS Lab, Austria
09/2018 – 01/2019 External lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria
04/2019 – present

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Thesis: “The Emotional Rhetoric of Political Elites” funded by Horizon 2020 POLEMIC.

Supervisors: Gijs Schumacher (University of Amsterdam), Mariken A.C.G. van der Velden (Free University Amsterdam), Bert N. Bakker (University of Amsterdam)

09/2013 – 06/2015 M.A. in European Union and Russia Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia.
09/2009 – 08/2013 B.A. in International Development Studies, University of Vienna, Austria


Research and teaching interests

Digital political communication, elite behavior, computation social science methods


Pipal, C., Song, H., and H. Boomgaarden. 2022. “If You Have Choices, Why Not Choose (and Share) All of Them? A Multiverse Approach to Understanding News Engagement on Social Media”. Digital Journalism 0(0): 1-21.

Baden, C., Pipal, C., Schoonvelde, M., and M. A. C. G van der Velden. 2022. “Three Gaps in Computational Text Analysis Methods for Social Sciences: A Research Agenda”. Communication Methods and Measures 16(1): 1–18.

Schoonvelde, M., Pipal, C. and G. Schumacher. 2022. “Text as Data in Political Psychology”. Chapter forthcoming in Atlas of Language Analysis in Psychology (eds: R. Boyd and M. Deghani).

Schumacher, G., Berk, N., Pipal, C., Kantorowicz, J., Schoonvelde, M., Traber, D., and E. de Vries. 2020. “EUSpeech V2”. SocArXiv.