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Short CV

Kimon Kieslich, M.A., studied Communication Studies at the University of Münster. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a research assistant and supervised the Gamelab in the division “Online-Communication” under the direction of Prof. Dr. Quandt. Since 2018, he is research assistant in the division “Communication and Media Studies I” at the Department of Social Sciences at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf.

Research Areas

Current Project [MeMo:KI]


Journals and Conference Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Kieslich, K. (2021). Commentary: Societal Reactions to Hopes and Threats of Autonomous Agent Actions: Reflections about Public Opinion and Technology Implementations. Human--Computer Interaction. https://doi.org/10.1080/07370024.2021.1976642

Lünich, M., Marcinkowski, F., & Kieslich, K. (2021). It’s Now or Never! Future Discounting in the Application of the Online Privacy Calculus. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 15(3). https://doi.org/10.5817/CP2021-3-11

Kieslich, K., Lünich, M., & Marcinkowski, F. (2021). The Threats of Artificial Intelligence Scale (TAI). Development, Measurement and Test Over Three Application Domains. International Journal of Social Robotics, 13(7), 1563-1577. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00734-

Kieslich, K., & Marcinkowski, F. (2020). Serving the populist agenda. How German public media broadcasters inadvertently facilitate populist movements by evoking fear and anger. SCM Studies in Communication and Media, 9(4), 482-515. https://doi.org/10.5771/2192-4007-2020-4-482

Hase, V., Engelke, K., & Kieslich, K. (2020). The Things We Fear. Combining Machine Learning and Manual Content Analysis to Uncover the Use and Construction of Fear-Related News. Journalism Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2020.1753092

Marcinkowski, F., Kieslich, K., Starke, C. & Lünich, M. (2020). Implications of AI (Un-)Fairness in Higher Education Admissions: The Effects of Perceived AI (Un-)Fairness on Exit, Voice and Organizational Reputation. Proceedings of the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM FAT*). https://doi.org/10.1145/3351095.3372867

Diesel-Lange, K., Makova, E. & Kieslich, K. (2019). Bildung über Berufe mit Serious Games? Potenziale zur Förderung gendersensibler Berufsorientierung aus der Persepektive angehender Lehrpersonen. In F. Gramlinger, C. Iller, A. Ostendorf, K. Schmid, & G. Tafner (eds.), Bildung = Berufsbildung?! Beiträge zur 6. Berufsbildungsforschungskonferenz (BBFK) (p. 353-366). Bielefeld: wbv.


Lünich, M. & Kieslich, K. (2021). Using automated decision-making (ADM) to allocate Covid-19 vaccinations? Exploring the roles of trust and social group preference on the legitimacy of ADM vs. human decision-making. Pre-Print available at arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.08946

Kieslich, K., Keller, B., & Starke, C. (2021). AI-Ethics by Design. Evaluating Public Perception on the Importance of Ethical Design Principles of AI. Pre-Print available at arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.00326

Reports & Fact Sheets

Kieslich, K., Došenović, P., & Marcinkowski, F. (2021, May). Algorithmic recommendation systems. What does the
German public think about the use and design of algorithmic recommendation systems? Factsheet No. 5 of the Meinungsmonitor
Künstliche Intelligenz. [Opinion Monitor Artificial Intelligence]. Available at https://www.cais.nrw/factsheet-5-ai-recommender/ 

Kieslich, K., Došenović, P., Starke, C., Lünich, M., & Marcinkowski, F. (2021, January). Artificial Intelligence in Journalism. How does the public perceive the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of journalism?  Factsheet No. 4 of the Meinungsmonitor   Künstliche   Intelligenz.   [Opinion   Monitor   Artificial   Intelligence]. Available at  https://www.cais.nrw/en/factsheet-4-ai-journalism/

Došenović, P., Starke, C., Kieslich, K., Baleis, J., & Marcinkowski, F. (2020, November). Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace. How does the German population perceive the influence of artificial intelligence on the future of the workplace? Factsheet   No. 3   of   the   Meinungsmonitor   Künstliche   Intelligenz   [Opinion   Monitor   Artificial   Intelligence]. Available at https://www.cais.nrw/en/factsheet-3-ai-in-the-workplace/

Kieslich, K., Starke, C., Došenović, P., Keller, B., & Marcinkowski, F. (2020, August). Artificial Intelligence and Discrimination. How does the German public think about the discriminatory impact of artificial intelligence? Factsheet No. 2 of the Meinungsmonitor Künstliche Intelligenz.     [Opinion Monitor Artificial Intelligence]. Available at https://www.cais.nrw/en/factsheet-2-ai-discrimination/

Kieslich, K., Lünich, M., Marcinkowski, F., & Starke, C. (2019). Hochschule der Zukunft - Einstellung von Studierenden gegenüber Künstilicher Intelligenz an der Hochschule. Précis for the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID). Available at https://diid.hhu.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DIID-Precis_Kieslich-et-al_Fin.pdf

Kieslich, K. (2019). Digitalization vs. Robotization Framing Effects on Fear in Context of the Digitalization of Work. Précis for the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID). Available at https://diid.hhu.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DIID-Precis_Kieslich.pdf

Marcinkowski, F., Bennett, M., Best, J., Boehn, J., Brinkschulte, F., Brügger, R., Fechner, D., Groß, T., Kieslich, K., Mallek, S., Neumann, E., & Tielsch, K. (2017). Die Quellen der Angst: Populistische Kommunikation und journalistische Berichterstattung im Vergleich. Forschungsreport 1/2017 des Arbeitsbereichs Kommunikation – Medien – Gesellschaft [The Sources of Fear: Populist Communication and Journalistic Reporting in Comparison. Research report 1/2017 of the Department Communication - Media - Society]. Münster: Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität.


Kieslich, K., Dosenovic, P., Marcinkowski, F., & Keller, B. (2021, September). Artificial Intelligence: A promising future or a serious threat? An investigation into media coverage and public perceptions of AI in Germany. To be presented in the Audience and Receptions Studies Section at ECREA´S 8th European Communication Conference in Braga, Portugal, (07.-09.09. 2021).

Reer, F., Kieslich, K., Tang, W.Y., Frischlich, L., & Quandt, T. (2019, November). My happy virtual me? The influence of interactivity and VR-technology on mood repair. Presentation at ECREAs Digital Games Research Section Symposium in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (07.-08.11.2019).

Kieslich, K. & Marcinkowski, F. (2019, September). Involuntary Media Populism – How German Mainstream Media Inadvertently Facilitate Populist Movements by Evoking Fear and Anger. Presentation at the Annual General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in Wroclaw, Poland (04-07.09.2019).

Kieslich, K., Marcinkowski, F., & Starke, C. (2019, September). Do not Trust the Elite! – Correlates Among Populist Attitudes and Trust in Politics and Media in Four Western-European Countries. Presentation at the Annual General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in Wroclaw, Poland (04-07.09.2019).

Hase, V., Kieslich, K., & Engelke, K., & Zeng, J. (2019, July). The Best of Two Worlds? Combining Automated and Manual Content Analysis to Assess Media Coverage. Poster presentation at the International Conference for Computational Social Science in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (17.-20.07.2019).

Hase, V., Kieslich, K., & Engelke, K. (2019, May). The Things We Fear – Using Automated Content Analysis to Uncover How UK and US Media Construct Fear over Time (1990-2017). Paper to be presented in the Journalism Studies Division at the 69th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) Washington, DC., USA (24.-28.05.2019).

Hase, V., Engelke, K., & Kieslich, K. (2019, May). Angst vor Terror, Klimawandel & Arbeitslosigkeit? Eine automatisierte Inhaltsanalyse von Themen und Trends im Kontext von Angst in den Medien [Fear of Terror, Climate Change & Unemployment? An Automated Content Analysis of Topics and Trends in the Context of Fear in the Media]. Submitted at the 64th Annual Conference of the DGPuK in Münster, Germany (09.-11.05.2019).

Tang, W.Y., Reer, F., Kieslich, K., Quandt, T., Liebold, B., Pietschmann, D., Tauchmann, N., & Ohler, P. (2018, October). Trigger-happy on the holodeck: Do embodied acts of violence increase aggression? Presentation at the ECREA‘s 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) in Lugano, Switzerland (31.10.2018-03.11.2018).

Liebold, B., Pietschmann, D., Tauchmann, N., Ohler, P., Reer, F., Kieslich, K., Tang W.Y., & Quandt, T. (2018, September). Gewalt in Virtual Reality: Der Einfluss verkörperter virtueller Gewaltakte auf Aggression [Violence in Virtual Reality: The Influence of Incorporated Virtual Acts of Violence on Aggression]. Presentation at the 51st Congress of the DGP in Frankfurt, Germany (15.-20.09.2018).

Driesel-Lange, K., Makarova, E., & Kieslich, K. (2018, July). Bildung über Berufe mit Serious Games? Potentiale zur Förderung gendersensibler Berufsorientierung aus der Perspektive von angehenden Lehrpersonen [Education About Professions with Serious Games? Potential for Promoting Gender-Sensitive Vocational Orientation from the Perspective of Prospective Teachers]. Presentation at the BBFK Conference in Steyr, Austria (05-06.07.2018).

Kieslich, K., Brinkschulte, F., Bennett, M., Groß, T., & Tielsch, K. (2017, November). Refugees Welcome? Media Coverage, Political Communication and the Creation of Fear. Presentation at the ECREA Interim Conference of the Section Political Communication in Zurich, Switzerland (22.-23.11.2017).

Breuer, J., Bowman, N.D., Kieslich, K., Elson, M., Kowert, R., Kneer, J., Quandt, T., Lange, A. & Lange, R. (2016, June): Grand Theft Morals: The role of cultural differences and moral views for the evaluation of violent and sexual content in video games. Presentation at the pre-conference of the 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) of Interest Group Game Studies in Tokyo, Japan (08.06.2016).

Kieslich, K., Vogelgesang, J., & Quandt, T. (2015, December): Cortisol Response to First-Person-Shooters in Male Players. Presentation at the winter workshop of the ECREA Section Digital Games research in Ghent, Belgium (11.-12.12.2015).

Bowman, N. D., Kowert, R., Breuer, J., Elson, M., Kieslich, K., Kneer, J., Quandt, T., Lange, A., & Lange, R. (2015, November). “It’s too dirty for me, so it’s too dirty for the kids”: A cross-comparison of German and US gamers’ differential reactions to an explicitly sexual or violent video game. Presentation at the 101st National Communication Association (NCA) Conference in Las Vegas, NV, USA (19.-22.11.2015).

Breuer, J., Elson, M., Kieslich, K., Bowman, N., Kowert, R., Quandt, T., Lange, A., & Lange, R. (2015, September). Moral Kombat – Moral foundations and the evaluation of violent and sexual content in video games. Presentation at the 9th Conference of the Media Psychology Division in Tübingen, Germany (09.-11.09.2015).

Invited Talks

Kieslich, K. & Došenović, P. (2021, January). Human-centered or economically driven? Monitoring public opinion on AI in Germany. Guest lecture at the London PUS Seminar, London (27.01.2021).

Kieslich, K. (2020, September). Discussant of the paper Policy change by the backdoor. A case study on the implementation of an algorithmic tool for university admission in France. Expert Workshop of the project FairandGood ADM, Kaiserslautern (21.-22.09.2020).

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