Imke Schütz is a master’s student of European Governance, a double degree taught jointly by the University of Konstanz, Germany, and Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands. She gained her B.A. in Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz.
In her bachelor’s thesis, Imke analyzed and compared the populist forms of Pegida and the corona-denier movement in Germany. She conducted a qualitative content analysis of speeches held at the rallies and demonstrations. She focused in particular on the creation of “we vs. them” topoi, their self-perceptions, and their demonstrated relationship with the government. Her research interests lie in the varieties of populism and extremism and their intersection with conspiracy theories, radicalisation, and violence.