Theresa Züger is the head of the office for the Third Engagement Report at HIIG. The third engagement report is a report on civic engagement for the German Federal Government, which is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).
Before, she directed the Media Policy Lab, a project for scientific networking and innovation regarding the regulation of intermediaries, for the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg.
Theresa received her doctorate in media studies at Humboldt University in Berlin in 2017. Her PhD “Reload Disobedience” deals with digital forms of civil disobedience. During her doctorate, Theresa was a research fellow in the research area “Global Constitutionalism and the Internet” under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ingolf Pernice.
Prior to this, Theresa studied theatre, film and television studies, German and philosophy at the University of Cologne.
In 2013, Theresa was Visiting Researcher at the Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2016, in addition to her doctorate, she worked for transmediale, an international festival on art and digital culture, curating and moderating the thematic stream “anxious to secure”, focusing security policy and culture.
In 2017, Theresa was a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies with her project Polynocular Tech Lab. She is co-founder of Bridge Figures, an organisation countering xenophobia with digital strategies.