Dr Isabel Kusche

EURIAS Junior Fellow

Dr Isabel Kusche (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Denmark).


EURIAS Junior Fellow, October 2018 to July 2019

Project: Big Data Analytics and the Relationship between Politicians and Voters

Isabel Kusche studied sociology at Dresden University in Germany and the New School of Social Research in New York City. She received her doctorate from Bielefeld University in 2008. Between 2002 and 2015 she held academic positions at various German universities (Jena, Bielefeld, Osnabrück, Kiel). From 2015 to 2018 she was a Marie Curie COFUND Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark. Her research focuses on political communication and the (re-)production of political power in contemporary democracies, with a special focus on political clientelism and corruption, the impact of digital media on society as well as sociological theory.

Isabel’s project at IASH aims at an assessment of possible consequences of big data analytics for the linkage between politicians and voters in the context of election campaigns in European countries. It will focus on existing formal and informal institutions that influence both the availability of big data and the actual realization of a potential to target small groups of voters differentially.