Philipp Matthias Lutscher

Postdoctoral Fellow - Institutt for Statsvitenskap
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Room 923
Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1097 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

Most of my research deals with the question of how modern day authoritarian governments control information and how citizens respond to such policies. I am especially interested in cyber operations, online censoring, propaganda, indoctrination, and repressive Internet laws. My general research interests include comparative politics, political behavior, and quantitative methods.


  • Master's thesis in Political Science (STV4992)
  • Design seminar (PECOS4081)


I am a member of the The Emergence, Life, and Demise of Autocratic Regimes (ELDAR) project led by Carl Henrik Knutsen.


Before coming to the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo in October 2020, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the “Communication, Networks and Contention” group at the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Excellence Cluster “Politics of Inequality” at the University of Konstanz. Before, I was a Ph.D. student at the Graduate School of Decision Science at the same university.

For more information visit my personal website.



  • Breznau, Nate; Rinke, Eike Mark; Wuttke, Alexander; Nguyen, Hung H.V.; Adem, Muna & Adriaans, Jule [Show all 166 contributors for this article] (2022). Observing many researchers using the same data and hypothesis reveals a hidden universe of uncertainty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. ISSN 0027-8424. 119(44). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2203150119.
  • Lutscher, Philipp (2021). Hot topics: Denial-of-Service attacks on news websites in autocracies. Political Science Research and Methods. ISSN 2049-8470. p. 1–16. doi: 10.1017/psrm.2021.68. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lutscher, Philipp (2021). Digital Retaliation? Denial-of-Service Attacks after Sanction Events . Journal of Global Security Studies (JoGGS). ISSN 2057-3170. 6(4), p. 1–11. doi: 10.1093/jogss/ogab001. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lutscher, Philipp; Weidmann, Nils B.; Roberts, Margaret E.; Jonker, Mattijs; King, Alistair & Dainotti, Alberto (2020). At Home and Abroad: The Use of Denial-of-service Attacks during Elections in Nondemocratic Regimes . Journal of Conflict Resolution. ISSN 0022-0027. 64(2-3), p. 373–401. doi: 10.1177/0022002719861676.

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