Danya He

Danya He, MSc

Assistentin / Research and Teaching Assistant

Phone: +41 44 634 46 93

Room number: AND 3.80




Since 2020

PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich.

Since 2019

Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research, Division: Media & Internet Governance, University of Zurich.


MSc Media and Communication Governance (Distinction) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Master Thesis: “Rechtsstaat as an idea: A discursive institutionalist analysis of the policy discourse on the “Act to Improve Enforcement of the Law in Social Networks” (NetzDG) in Germany”.


BA Communication Science (major) and Law (minor) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich

Bachelor Thesis: “Regierungskommunikation in Zeiten des Medienwandels – Das Online-Kommunikationsrepertoire von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel im Zeitverlauf”.


Student Research Assistant and Tutor in various projects at the Department of Media and Communication (IfKW), LMU Munich.

Tutor of project seminar 'National Model United Nations (NMUN)' at the Chair for International Relations at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute of Political Science, LMU Munich, 2018.




Internships in Media, PR and Politics

Press- and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany (Berlin, 2018), the Centre for Digitization Bavaria, Federal State Government of Bavaria (Munich, 2017–2018), Office of Press and Media Relations at Siemens Healthineers (Erlangen, 2017), Full-Service PR-Agency (Munich, 2016), Parliamentary Committee of Health, German Parliament (Berlin, 2015), Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg, 2014).

Internships in Media & Law

Legal Department at Random House (Munich, 2016), Editorial team of Heidelberg Law Review StudZR (Heidelberg, 2014–2015), Media Law Firm Lampmann, Haberkamm & Rosenbaum (Cologne, 2014).




Top Student Paper of the Communication Law and Policy Section at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Assocation (ICA), 2020.

Winner of Excellence in MSc Media and Communication (Governance) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 2019.

Scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 2014-2019.

'Best Position Paper Award' and 'Outstanding Delegation' at the National Model United Nations Conference, New York City, United States, 2017 and 2018.




Political Discourse on the German 'Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz' (NetzDG). MSc Dissertation Project, 2019.

Media Biographies of German Chancellors. Student Research Assistant in project funded by the German Reserach Foundation (DFG), led by Dr. Benjamin Krämer and Dr. Thomas Birkner, 2017-2019.

Country Report 'Germany' for Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF). Student Research Assistant in project led by Mag. phil. Nina Steindl, MA, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Hanitzsch, 2017.




Copyright and Practices of Digital Media Use. Seminar (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH in spring 2020 (with Dr. Corinne Schweizer) and spring 2021.

Governance of Online Platforms. Seminar (BA, 14x90min) held at UZH for fall 2020.

Current Issues of Media and Communication Policy. Student Teaching Assistant for Research Seminar (BA, 13x90min) and BA-Colloquium (5x120min) led by Dr. Corinne Schweizer at UZH in 2019/2020.

Media Politics and Media Economy. Student Teaching Assistant for Lecture (BA, 13x90min) by Prof. Dr. Natascha Just at UZH in fall 2019.

National Model United Nations (NMUN). Tutor for Project Seminar (BA, 15x120min) led by Dr. Stefan Jagdhuber at LMU Munich in 2017/2018.

Introduction in Communication Science II. Tutor for Lecture (BA, 12x90min) by Prof. Dr. Diana Rieger at LMU Munich in spring 2017.




Germany’s way of governing hate speech online: How "Rechtsstaat" shaped the policy discourse on the NetzDG. Annual ICA Conference, Gold Coast Australia, 21.-25.05.2020.

Governing hate speech online: The role of the 'Rechtsstaat' in the policy discourse on the NetzDG. Annual SACM Conference, Winterthur, 20.11.2020.