Prof. DR. CHRISTIAN VON SIKORSKI


Office Information

University of Koblenz-Landau

Department of Psychology

Fortstr. 7, 76829 Landau, Germany

phone. 0049 6341 280 31304

vonsikorski@uni-landau.de

ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3787-8277


Political Psychology Professorship

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Psychology (tenure track) at the Inst. for Communication Psychology & Media Education, Department of Psychology, University of Koblenz-Landau (at Landau), Germany. 

 

Research & Teaching

  • Political Psychology
  • Political Communication
  • Media Contents and Effects
  • Political Scandals
  • Terrorism
  • (Visual) Misinformation
  • (Affective) Polarization 
  • (Reduction of) Antisemitism

About

Between April 2015 and March 2019, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria (AdME research group led by Prof. Jörg Matthes). I received my Phd in Media and Mass Communication from German Sport University, Cologne (Germany) and was a visiting researcher at New York University (NYU) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Also, I was a visiting professor of media psychology at University of Koblenz-Landau (April 2017-September 2018).

 

My research focuses on political psychology, political communication, as well as on contents and effects of (news) media more generally. 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 the effects of cross-cutting news exposure on political participation and I investigate how terrorism news affect public opinion, emotional reactions (i.e., fear and anger), intergroup relations, policy preferences, as well as political attitudes.

 

My articles appeared in, e.g., Communication Research, Political Psychology, Political Communication, Media Psychology, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Mass Communication & Society, Communication Research Reports, Journal of Media Psychology, International Journal of Communication.

 

I teach courses in the fields of political psychology, political communication, media contents and effects, and research methods. This summer, I will teach a course on political communication.