About

Hello there! I am a journalist and PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of St. Gallen, currently visiting at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley. In my research, I analyze how the political economy around data is challenging established ideas of freedom and power, and what elements an updated conception of digital freedom should possess. My work is situated at the intersection of political theory, legal theory, and political economy, with a particular interest in how society can leverage data-driven innovations for the common good (you can find my latest paper on ‚data-owning democracy‘ here). 

Prior to my stay at Berkeley, I was a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown Law, and a Doctoral Researcher & Teaching Assistant at the School of Economics and Political Science (SEPS) at the University of St. Gallen. I hold a Masters Degree in Political Science (with a special focus on Political Economy and Philosophy), and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Modern History from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. I am an affiliate of the Data Politics Lab (Humboldt University, Germany), a member of the Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz, the Future Society Association, and the vice ethics chair at the Data Cooperative PosMo. My work has been published in the European Journal of Political Theory, Morals and Machines, Republik, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Philosophy Now.

I like photography, too. Alongside my written work there’s also a visual diary on this page. All photos are taken by me, unless stated otherwise.

roberta.fischli@berkeley.edu