Alexandra Zierold, M.A.

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

Research interests

Democracy and Digitality | Radical Democracy | Critical Theory | Discourse Studies


Alexandra Zierold is a Doctoral Researcher at the Chair for “Political Theory and History of 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 INTAC) 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 research currently explores political action in the digital era.

Conference and workshop papers (selection)

Sprache und Politik im digitalen Zeitalter. Ein Problemaufriss aus demokratietheoretischer Perspektive – presented at the 37th Annual Convention of the German Society for Political Science (DGfP), 12 July 2019, Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing, Germany.

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.

Re-assessing the limits of fuzziness: Why Discourse Studies could be different – presented at DiscourseNet Conference #20 “Exploring Fuzzy Boundaries in Discourse Studies”, 19 May 2018, Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, Hungary.

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.


    CPT – Contemporary Philosophy of Technology Research Group at the University of Birmingham, U.K.
    DIPE – Discourse, Ideology, and Political Economy Research Group in DiscourseNet
    DiscourseNet – International Association for Discourse Studies
    Political Theory in the Digital Constellation – Working Group funded by the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) Bochum, Germany


    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 publication

    Ritzi, Claudia/ Zierold, Alexandra (2019): Sovereignty under Digital Conditions. In: Borucki, Isabelle/ Schünemann, Wolf Jürgen (Hrsg.), Internet and State: Perspectives on a Complicated Relationship. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 35–56. (in German)