University of Mannheim
entrance B, room B227
Phone: +49 (0) 621 181-2203
- Impact of digitization on society (solidarity, inequality, political and social participation)
- Political sociology
- Social stratification research
- Privacy research
Frederic Gerdon is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology (minor in Political Science) from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (2013-2017) and a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Mannheim (2017-2019). Furthermore, he spent a study semester at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Currently, he works on a project investigating the impact of artificial intelligence (automateddecision-making) on solidarity and social inequality, drawing on real-life applications.
Since his undergraduate studies, he has been working as a student research assistant at three chairs, involving various projects on social stratification, cultural sociology, international relations, and survey methodology. In his Master's thesis, he conducted a factorial surveyexperiment ("vignette study") to investigate the context dependence of privacy norms, showing how the perceived appropriateness of data transmissions may vary with the interaction of situational characteristics (e.g. data type, recipient, and data use).