Kristina Aleksandrovna Pedersen

Kristina Aleksandrovna Pedersen

PhD fellow

Kristina Aleksandrovna Pedersen is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. Her project investigates control of the media by authoritarian regimes as a tool to ensure the regime’s survival. The project focuses on regime strategies aimed at the media and how these strategies affect the news content produced by TV-channels as well as the effect of this on citizens’ political behavior. Russia is the empirical focus for this project. Furthermore, the project employs machine learning to estimate the political positioning of media companies towards the regime through their news content.

The project is supervised by Jacob Gerner Hariri with co-supervisor Gregory Eady.

Fields of interest

Kristina’s general interests are authoritarian regimes, autocratic use of institutions, media companies as well as civic society and protest movements in autocratic contexts. Furthermore, she is interested in studying the use of censorship towards traditional and social media in authoritarian regimes. Additionally, Kristina is interested in incorporating data science and digital methods to answer questions relating to these subjects and social science in general.  


Primary fields of research

  • Comparative politics
  • Autocratic regimes
  • Media
  • Censorship
  • Protest movements
  • Social media in autocracies
  • Institutions
  • Russia
  • Social data science


  • Danish and Comparative Politics 3, Political Science BA, UCPH (E21)
  • Advanced Social Data Science, Social Data Science MSc, UCPH (F21)
  • Elementary Social Data Science, Social Data Science MSc, UCPH (E20)

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