Kira Messing holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Islamic Studies from the University of Tübingen, where she worked on the topics of Islamic extremism, propaganda and radicalisation, and developed skills in qualitative research. She studied international affairs at the Hertie School of Governance, during which time she gained knowledge in statistics and basic economics and specialised in international security as well as digitalisation-related questions. While completing her MIA, she worked for the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung where she deepened her interest in topics such as open data, the societal impacts of algorithms and data ownership. In addition to her studies, Kira was member of Hertie Social Response, taking an active role in the student initiative ‘German Classes for Refugees’ at the Hertie School.
Master’s thesis title
Extremism on social media: How Islamists communicate on Facebook