Felicia Loecherbach is a postdoctoral fellow at NYU's Center of Social Media and Politics (CSMaP). Prior to this, she has been a PhD student in Political Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (expected 2023) and received a research master degree at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.
Her research interests include (the diversity of) online news consumption and using computational methods in the social sciences. She is motivated by the impact that changes in online environments have on the understanding and usage of news. Specifically, she uses computational approaches to study when and where users come across different types of news — collecting digital trace data via innovative approaches such as data donations, analyzing different dimensions of diversity of the content and how it affects perceptions and attitudes of users. Apart from this, she has been involved in studying the challenges of different modes of news access, for example via news recommender systems and smart assistants.