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Lukas Hetzer

Lukas is a Doctoral Researcher at the Chair for European and Multilevel Politics at the Cologne Center for Comparative Politics at the University of Cologne. In his research, he applies text-as-data and multilevel survey analysis methods to study political preferences and behavior. In his doctoral thesis, he studies how crises affect political dynamics in the EU. 

Previously, Lukas worked as a Data Specialist at GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim as part of the project DemThreat (funded by Volkswagenstiftung) and the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES). He holds a M.Sc. degree in Social Sciences Research from the University of Amsterdam and a B.A. degree in Social Sciences from the Humboldt-University of Berlin. 

Research Interests

  • Political Preferences
  • Political Behavior
  • Text as Data 
  • Survey Analysis 
  • (Natural) Experiments


Semester Course
Summer term 2024 Europäische Politik in Krisenzeiten (Seminar, BA)



Hetzer, Lukas, and Brian Burgoon. “Regional Crises and European Fiscal Preferences: How Regional Covid-19, Economic Downturn, and Migration Shape Support for EU Risk Sharing.” Journal of European Public Policy, (2024), 1–35.