Quirin Yannis Ryffel

Quirin Yannis Ryffel, BA

Hilfsassistent / Student Research Assistant

Phone: +41 44 635 20 49

Room number: AND 3.57


Quirin Ryffel is a Student Research Assistant in the “Political Communication” division. Together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Zerback, he is investigating the determinants and effects of perceived political viewpoint diversity exposure in the United States, Spain, and Switzerland. The four-year research project (2022-2026) is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Previously, between January 2020 and April 2022, he worked as a Tutor and Student Research Assistant in various divisions of the Department of Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (IKMZ) and at the Research Center for the Public Sphere and Society (fög). In his prior position as a Student Research Assistant he was mainly involved in a subproject of the National Research Program “Digital Transformation” (NRP 77) on the importance of journalism for young adults’ digital information behavior. As part of his Master’s thesis, he is investigating the mobile political information repertoires of young adults in Switzerland and their effects on political knowledge, as well as different forms of political participation by linking digital trace data and panel survey data.   

Curriculum Vitae

since 05/2022 Student Research Assistant in the “Political Communication” division (Prof. Dr. Thomas Zerback) at the Department of Communication and Media Research (IKMZ) 
10/2020 – 04/2022

Student Research Assistant at the fög – Research Center for the Public Sphere and Society, University of Zurich 

02/2020 – 12/2021 Tutor in the divisions “International & Comparative Media Research” (Prof. Dr. Frank Esser) and “Public Sphere & Society” (Prof. Dr. Mark Eisenegger) at IKMZ 
05/2020 – 12/2020 Student Research Assistant in the division “International and Comparative Media Research” at IKMZ (Prof. Dr. Frank Esser)
since 09/2020 Master of Arts in Political Communication & Governance (Major) and Social Sciences (Minor), University of Zurich 
06/2020 Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science and Media Research (Major) and Political Science (Minor), University of Zurich 


Research Interests

Digital political communication, political information repertoires, mobile information behavior of young adults, political viewpoint diversity exposure


SGKM Jahrestagung, 21. April 2022 in Zürich

Co-organizer of the panel discussion “Mittelbau: Creating Permanent Positions in Science” (together with Dr. Sarah Marschlich, Dr. Silke Fürst and Stefanie Thai)