Alexandra Zierold, M.A.

Doctoral researcher at the Chair for Political Theory and History of Political Ideas

Research interests

Political Theory and Public Policy | Loneliness | Democratic governance in the 21st century | Democracy and Digitality


Alexandra Zierold is a Doctoral Researcher at the Chair for “Political Theory and History of Political Ideas” since 12/2018. She obtained a M.A. in Political Science at Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main and a B.A. in German Literature/Linguistics and Political Science at the University of Tübingen. Before joining Trier, Alexandra was a Research Assistant in two ERC-funded projects (DISCONEX and APAC) based at the Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL), University of Warwick, U.K. She has also worked at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) as part-time staff in the financial management of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium and as a Student Research Assistant in the SAW-funded project “Contested World Orders”.

Alexandra’s dissertation is entitled “The Politics of Loneliness: Relating to Self, Society, and State in Contemporary Britain” (working title).

Conference and workshop papers (selection)

Internet Politics: From Anarchy to Politics? – presented at the Annual Convention of the Belgian Association for Political Science (VPW) and the Dutch Political Science Association (NKWP), 13 Juni 2019, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Reading state archives: an alternative programme for research into the denial of politics (with Elio Di Muccio) – presented at DiscourseNet Conference #22 on ‘Discourse, Power, Subjectivation’, 12 September 2018, University of Gießen, Germany.

Tracing academic career paths (with Dr Françoise Dufour and Aurore Zelazny) – presented at ERC DISCONEX workshop ‘Recherche, science, éducation supérieure et leurs publics: pratiques, pouvoirs, discours’, 12 June 2018, École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France.

Wir sind das Volk’ revisited. A discourse-analytical mapping of German Populisms in 2017 – presented at the Annual Research Workshop of the PSA German Politics Specialist Group ‘German Politics in Times of Populism’, 17 November 2017,
University of Birmingham, U.K.

Talking Reform and Stabilizing Inequality: The Discourse on Quotas in the International Monetary Fund (with Dr Dirk Peters) – presented at the 3rd European Workshops of International Studies (EWIS), 8 April 2016, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Memberships and appointments


    GPSA - German Political Science Association

    Section “Political Theory and History of Ideas“ in the GPSA

    DiscourseNet - International Association for Discourse Studie


    Member of the Study Commission for Political Science, Trier University (since 04/2020)

    Member of the Editorial Committee of “POST-FILOSOFIE - Rivista di pratica filosofica e scienze umane”, online journal published annually by Università degli studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

    Member of Political Theory in the Digital Constellation, working group funded by the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) Bochum, Germany

    Committee Member of CPT – Contemporary Philosophy of Technology Research Group, University of Birmingham, U.K.


    2x introductory BA-seminar “Introduction to Political Thought – Critiques of Power and Domination“, University of Trier, winter term 2019/20. (in German)

    Advanced BA-seminar “Language and Politics – Perspectives from the History of Ideas and Contemporary Authors”, University of Trier, summer term 2019. (in German; with Michael Kubiak, M.A.)

    Recent publications

    Zierold, Alexandra (paper accepted): Sprache und Politik im digitalen Zeitalter. Ein Problemaufriss aus demokratietheoretischer Perspektive. Wird als Teil des Konferenzbands zur 37. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft (DGfP) veröffentlicht. [To be published as part of the conference proceedings of the German Society for Political Science (DGfP), volume 33. “Language and Politics in the Digital Age. As Seen Through Democratic Theory”.]


    Ritzi, Claudia/Zierold, Alexandra (2020): Grenzenlos, frei und politisch? Öffentlichkeit unter den Bedingungen der Digitalisierung aus radikaldemokratischer Perspektive. In: Borucki, Isabelle/Oswald, Michael (ed.), Demokratietheorie im Zeitalter der Frühdigitalisierung. Wiesbaden: Springer. [“Borderless, Free and Political? Taking a Radical Democratic Perspective towards the Public Sphere under Digital Conditions.”]


    Ritzi, Claudia/ Zierold, Alexandra (2019): Souveränität unter digitalen Bedingungen. In: Borucki, Isabelle/ Schünemann, Wolf Jürgen (Hrsg.), Internet and Staat: Perspektiven auf eine komplizierte Beziehung. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 35–56. [“Sovereignty under Digital Conditions“]