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Frederic Gerdon

Frederic Gerdon
Social Sciences

Frederic Gerdon is a researcher associated with the Chair for Statistics and Methodology and works on a project investigating the impact of artificial intelligence (automated decision-making) on solidarity and social inequality, drawing on real-life applications. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology (minor 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. 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 survey experiment ("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).

Research interests

Impact of digitization on society (solidarity, inequality, political and social participation)

Political sociology

Social stratification research

Privacy research