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Dr. Oul Han

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For thesis supervision, you are very welcome to speak to me about your aims that relate to politics and social science. If you are unsure about where to start, check out this list of possible master/bachelor thesis topics that I drafted. They are not uploaded to the offical open topics yet (master and bachelor). But I can expedite the process as co-supervisor if you express your strong interest.

About me:
I'm the (as opposed to "a") political scientist at WeST. What am I doing here? In short: I'm part of a collective endeavor to cross academic disciplines and methods, which is a stance that is calibrated for the digital era. Phenomena that are so particular to online media spheres are racing past us since yesterday. I believe that structures of most departments are too rigid to properly prepare the students, or even ourselves, for the mix of amplified exposure and flash-charged perceptions that emerge from the greatest medium of the world: the Web. 

Research topics:

  • Text analysis, political polarization, digital politics, misinformation
  • Since coming to WeST, I'm basically facing the dragon when it comes to how to really do interdisciplinary research, first-hand. Luckily, that has always been one of my driving interests.

Mini vita:
2016 PhD Political Science, Freie Universitaet Berlin
2012 MIS International Studies/European Area Studies, Seoul National University
2009 BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins

Long vita: download CV

Project involvement

Teaching (and didactic principles)

At WeST, my task is to introduce the perspective of a foreign subject to a near-completely Computer Science audience. My goal is to make this brief experience truly helpful or at least intriguing. Last but not least, as I always emphasize, this type of flexible thinking is and will be absolutely sought after in academia, industry, and society alike. The liberty of experimentally teaching this unique approach is possible only because I can rely on my colleagues for the state-of-art and background vision of what Web Science means, and should mean in future. 

[Trivia:] Usually, reading about combating online misinformation is frustrating because it is hard to be effective and fast. But then, there is this gem: image link. When it works, it feels very satisfying.