Teresa Völker

Teresa Völker
David Ausserhofer


teresa.voelker [at] wzb.eu
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin
D 028
Research Fellow of the

Teresa Völker is a research fellow at the Center for Civil Society Research and works in a project on protest and radicalization. In her PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin she investigates the mainstreaming of the far right and the effects of Islamist and right-wing violence on public debates and public opinion. Methodologically, she combines quantitative and qualitative approaches (e.g. network analysis, text as data, survey experiments, interviews).

Previously she has worked as a researcher and project manager at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and graduated with a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the Humboldt University and King’s College London. She completed her BA in Political Science, Sociology and Media and Communication at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf and Università degli Studi di Milano.

Selected Publications

Völker, Teresa/Saldivia Gonzatti, Daniel (2024): "Discourse Networks of the Far Right. How Far-Right Actors Become Mainstream in Public Debates". In: Political Communication, Vol. 41, No. 3, S. 353-372. (vorab online publiziert 22.02.2024)
Völker, Teresa (2023): "The Drivers of Far-Right Mainstreaming in Public Debates". In: OxPol - The Oxford University Politics Blog, 13.12.2024.
Völker, Teresa (2023): "How Terrorist Attacks Distort Public Debates. A Comparative Study of Right-wing and Islamist Extremism". In: Journal of European Public Policy, advance access, 19.10.2023, online: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2023.2269194.
Völker, Teresa (2022): "Terror und Öffentlichkeit. Auf rechtsextreme und islamistische Anschläge wird unterschiedlich reagiert". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 2=Nr. 176, S. 6-9.
Grande, Edgar/Hutter, Swen/Koopmans, Ruud/Hunger, Sophia/Kanol, Eylem/Saldivia Gonzatti, Daniel/Völker, Teresa (2021): "Politischer Protest und Radikalisierung". In: Uwe Kemmesies/Peter Wetzels/Beatrix Austin/Axel Dessecker/Edgar Grande/Isabel Kusche/Diana Rieger (Hg.): MOTRA-Monitor 2020. Wiesbaden: Bundeskriminalamt - Forschungsstelle Terrorismus/Extremismus, S. 130-147.
Hunger, Sophia/Völker, Teresa/Saldivia Gonzatti, Daniel (2021): "Der Verlust der Vielfalt. Die Corona-Proteste in Deutschland werden durch eine radikale Minderheit geprägt". In: WZB-Mitteilungen, H. 172, S. 30-32.