Frederic Gerdon

Frederic Gerdon
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences

A 5, 6
Building B – Room B 227
68159 Mannheim
  • Research Interests

    • Impact of digitization on society (solidarity, inequality, political and social participation)
    • Political sociology
    • Social stratification research
    • Privacy research
  • Career

    Academic Career

    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).

  • Publications


    Gerdon, F. (2020). Data Sharing for the Public Good? A Factorial  
    Survey Experiment on Contextual Privacy Norms. General Online Research  
    2020 Conference (accepted for presentation within Best Thesis Award  
    Competition), Berlin, 9–11 September.

    Gerdon, F. (2019). Daten-Teilen für das öffentliche Wohl? Ein  
    Vignetten-Experiment zu kontextabhängigen Privacy-Normen. Invited talk  
    at Unipark Community Meeting, Mannheim, November 29.

    Keusch, F., Buskirk, T., and Gerdon, F. (2018). Getting Persnickety  
    About Pair-Wise Wikis: Investigating the Relations­hip Between Initial  
    Settings for Pair-Wise Wiki Surveys and Respondent Engagement Using a  
    Randomized Experiment. AAPOR 73rd Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado,  
    May 16–19.