Danya He

Danya He, MSc

Assistentin / Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 44 634 46 93

Room number: AND 3.80




Since 2020

PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich.

Since 2019

Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, Division: Media & Internet Governance, University of Zurich.


MSc Media and Communication Governance (with Distinction) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


BA Communication Science (major) and Law (minor) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich.


Student Research Assistant and Tutor in various projects at the Department of Media and Communication (IfKW), LMU Munich.

Tutor of project seminar 'National Model United Nations (NMUN)' at the Chair for International Relations at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science, LMU Munich, 2018.




Internships in Media, PR and Politics

Press- and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany (Berlin, 2018), the Centre for Digitization Bavaria, Federal State Government of Bavaria (Munich, 2017–2018), Office of Press and Media Relations at Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, 2017), Full-Service PR-Agency (Munich, 2016), Parliamentary Committee of Health, German Parliament (Berlin, 2015), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg, 2014).

Internships in Media & Law

Legal Department at Random House (Munich, 2016), Editorial team of Heidelberg Law Review StudZR (Heidelberg, 2014–2015), Media Law Firm Lampmann, Haberkamm & Rosenbaum (Cologne, 2014).




Top Student Paper of the Communication Law and Policy Division at the 70th Annual Conference of the International Communication Assocation (ICA), 2020.

Winner of Excellence in MSc Media and Communication (Governance) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 2019.

Scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 2014–2019.

'Best Position Paper Award' and 'Outstanding Delegation' at the National Model United Nations Conference, New York City, United States, 2017 and 2018.




Political Discourse on the German 'Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz' (NetzDG). MSc Dissertation Project, 2019.

Media Biographies of German Chancellors. Student Research Assistant in project funded by the German Reserach Foundation (DFG), led by Dr. Benjamin Krämer and Dr. Thomas Birkner, 2017-2019.

Country Report 'Germany' for Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF). Student Research Assistant in project led by Mag. phil. Nina Steindl, MA, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch, 2017.




Copyright and Practices of Digital Media Use. Seminar (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH in spring 2020 (with Dr. Corinne Schweizer) and spring 2021.

Governance of Online Platforms. Seminar (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH in fall 2020, Research Seminar (BA, 14x90min) and BA-Colloquium (4x120min) in 2021/2022.

Current Issues of Media and Communication Policy. Student Teaching Assistant for Research Seminar (BA, 13x90min) and BA-Colloquium (5x120min) led by Dr. Corinne Schweizer at UZH in 2019/2020.

Media Politics and Media Economy. Student Teaching Assistant for Lecture (BA, 13x90min) by Prof. Dr. Natascha Just at UZH in fall 2019.

National Model United Nations (NMUN). Tutor for Project Seminar (BA, 15x120min) led by Dr. Stefan Jagdhuber at LMU Munich in 2017/2018.

Introduction in Communication Science II. Tutor for Lecture (BA, 12x90min) by Prof. Dr. Diana Rieger at LMU Munich in spring 2017.




Media-Concentration and Opinion-Power Control – An International Comparison (together with Prof. Dr. Natascha Just and Alena Birrer, MA). 72nd Annual ICA Conference, Paris, France, May 26–31, 2022.

Media-Concentration Control in Times of Platformization – Findings From a Cross-National Study (together with Prof. Dr. Natascha Just and Alena Birrer, MA). Quello-Center, Michigan State University (online), February 4, 2022.

Rechtsrahmen und Indikatoren medialer Konzentrations- und Meinungsmachtkontrolle im internationalen Vergleich (together with Prof. Dr. Natascha Just and Alena Birrer, MA). Workshop of the Bavarian Media Authority (BLM) and Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (bidt) "Vielfalt sichern – neue Regeln für ein hybrides Mediensystem", Munich, Germany, September 24, 2021.

Governing hate speech online: The role of the 'Rechtsstaat' in the policy discourse on the NetzDG. Annual SACM Conference, Winterthur (online), November 20, 2020.

Germany’s way of governing hate speech online: How "Rechtsstaat" shaped the policy discourse on the NetzDG. 70th Annual ICA Conference, Gold Coast, Australia (online), May 21–25, 2020.