Lena Masch is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. She obtained her doctorate in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Stuttgart. She holds an M.Sc. in Social Research Methods from City University London and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Greifswald. Her main areas of expertise include political communication, political psychology as well as experimental research methods. Her work focuses on the cognitive and emotional underpinnings of political attitudes about candidates and political parties as well as trust in politicians and democratic institutions.