Research Associate (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)


Nordhäuser Straße 84 / room 0207

Office hours

upon appointment via e-mail

Visiting address

WBS / 0207
Universität Erfurt
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Nordhäuser Str. 84
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Doctoral Student (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)

Collegiate Representative, Graduate Centre EIPCC (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)

PhD Representative, Brandt School Student Government (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)

Stephanie Gast Zepeda

Short Biography

Stephanie is a research associate to the Gerhard Haniel Professor for Public Policy and International Development, Prof. Achim Kemmerling. She is interested in political communication and computational social science. Her PhD project focuses on the public discourse on digitalisation and its socio-economic implications in Germany.

She holds a B.A. in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau and an M.A. in International Political Economy from King’s College London. In her B.A. thesis she studied the association between cosmopolitanism and migration by correlating survey results from several countries with data on migrant stocks. For her M.A. thesis she analysed issue salience in public opinion, the European Parliament and EU legislation, for which she relied on Eurobarometer survey results and a unique dataset of topics modelled with Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA). Before joining the Brandt School, Stephanie gained professional experience in the public and private sector through different international internships and fellowships.

Courses taught at the Brandt School

  • Political Communication (WS 2021/22)
  • The EU within the Global Trade System (SS 2021)
  • StuFu: Self Care vs. Civic Duty (SS 2021)
  • Project Group: Designing and Implementing a Communication Strategy for an EU-focused Think Tank (WS 2020/21)
  • EPP & IPE: EU Economic Governance and the EU as a Global Actor (SS 2020)