Friedolin Merhout

Friedolin Merhout

Assistant professor, tenure track

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen and the Director of Graduate Studies (studieleder) for the interdisciplinary MSc in Social Data Science. At UCPH, I am also affiliated with the Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS) and coordinate the Welfare, Inequality, and Mobility research group. In my research, I use computational and experimental methods to examine intergroup relations leveraging digital trace, text, survey, and administrative data. Before joining the UCPH faculty, I earned my B.A. from Freie Universität in my hometown Berlin, Germany, and my Ph.D. from Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina.

In my recent work, I have combined Google search, census, and military register data to study the link between discrimination and radicalization, investigated the conditions and potential solutions for political polarization using interactive online experiments and combinations of digital trace data, large-scale field experiments, and panel surveys, and contributed to multi-team studies of uncertainty and variability in social science research.


Office hours: Tuesdays 15:00–16:00 in room 16.1.49.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    An Online experiment during the 2020 US–Iran crisis shows that exposure to common enemies can increase political polarization

    Jahani, E., Gallagher, N., Merhout, Friedolin, Cavalli, N., Guilbeault, D., Leng, Y. & Bail, C. A., Dec 2022, In: Scientific Reports. 12, 1, 19304.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Assessing the Russian Internet Research Agency’s impact on the political attitudes and behaviors of American Twitter users in late 2017

    Bail, C. A., Guay, B., Maloney, E., Combs, A., Hillygus, D. S., Merhout, Friedolin, Freelon, D. & Volfovsky, A., 7 Jan 2020, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 1, p. 243-250

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

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