Frederic Gerdon is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Economic
and Social Sciences (GESS). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology
(minor in 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.
Currently, he is working on a project investigating the impact of
artificial intelligence (automated decision-making) on solidarity and
social inequality, drawing on real-life applications.
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).