Zhenya (Evgenia) Samoilova, Ph.D.

screen shot 2019-01-17 at 10.15.17 amWelcome! I am postdoctoral researcher at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam, Germany. Prior to that I was a researcher at the Professorship for Statistics and Methodology at the University of Mannheim. Before joining the University of Mannheim, she was a researcher at the Knowledge Transfer department at GESIS Leibniz Institute of Social Sciences. I received my PhD in Sociology from the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences.

My research interest focuses on integrating various data sources for evaluation of data quality as well as answering substantive research questions. In my PhD work I used a mixed methods approach (combining quantitative and qualitative methods). Later on I started working with new digital data sources or so-called organic/passive/big data (e.g., learning analytics). Currently, I am working in a project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. The project focuses on collecting and analyzing data on a global distribution of a selected sample of festival-nominated films.

I care about using data for real-world problems and data literacy. In the last five years, I have worked on methods curriculum, educational events, conferences, and workshops with University of Maryland, University of Michigan, Stanford University, and other academic and non-academic partners.