I am a senior researcher at the Department of Communication (AdME Research Group), University of Vienna (Austria). I received my Phd in Media and Mass Communication from German Sport University in Cologne (Germany) and was a visiting researcher at New York University (NYU) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Between April 2017 and September 2018, I was a visiting professor of media psychology at the Institute of Communication Psychology and Media Education at the University of Koblenz-Landau (location: Landau, Germany).
My research focuses on political psychology, political communication, and reception processes and media effects more generally. Furthermore, I am interested in how online, respectively, social media change news journalism and the way we receive, process and understand information. I am currently working on a larger research project investigating the influences of political scandals on citizens’ perceptions and evaluations. Furthermore, my research deals with political participation and I investigate how terrorism news affect news consumers’ attitudes and fear reactions.
My articles were published in, e.g., Communication Research, Political Psychology, Media Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, Communication Research Reports, Journal of Media Psychology, International Journal of Communication.
I teach courses in several fields including media psychology, political communication, political psychology and research methods. This year, my lectures at Landau and Vienna focus on communication and media psychology, data collection and research methods. My lecture (summer 2018) at Danube University of Krems (Austria) will be a general introduction to communication research.