Hannah Werner is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Amsterdam and the KU Leuven (joint degree). She obtained a masters degree in communication science from the research masters program at the University of Amsterdam and a bachelors degree in communication studies and economics from the University of Mannheim. In 2016, she was awarded a 4-Year fellowship from the FWO – Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium) for a research project on democratic innovations. Her Ph.D. is supervised by Professor Sofie Marien and Professor Wouter van der Brug.
Werner is interested in political psychology and political behavior, particularly in the development and the decline of perceived democratic legitimacy. In her Ph.D. project, she investigates the often-stated potential of democratic innovations to reconnect citizens to political authorities and to tackle an acclaimed legitimacy deficit with a specific focus on winners and losers of democratic decisions. Werner is also interested in political consumerism and in the role of political fact-checking during election campaigns in shaping political trust. Methodologically, she uses mainly experimental methods and comparative survey analysis, but she is also interested in qualitative approaches.
Hannah Werner is a visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication.