Professor of Mass Communication, Media and Communication Science, Jacobs University Bremen

Research Interests:
Political Communication
Visual Communication
Cross-Cultural and Cross-National Comparative Communication

University Education:
2005 Habilitation in Political Science at Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg.
Topic of Habilitation thesis: Politische Liturgie. Parlamentarische Zeremonialstrukturen im Vergleich: das Britische House of Commons, der US-Kongress, der Deutsche Bundestag, die Französische Assemblée Nationale und das Europäische Parlament.
1997 New York Film Academy, Film Production and Editing (production of a 16mm-short film, 8 mins.)
1991-1994 Dr. phil. in Political Science at Fachbereich Philosophie und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg, in the context of the Research Training Group Political Iconography (Graduiertenkolleg Politische Ikonographie), Topic of PhD-thesis: Politische Bildstrategien im amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahlkampf, 1828-1996, supervised by Prof. Dr. Peter Reichel (Political Science) and Prof. Dr. Martin Warnke (Art History)
1986-1990 M.A. in Political Science (major), Art History (minor), International Law (minor) at Universität Hamburg
1984-1986 Undergraduate studies at Universität Heidelberg, Political Science (major), Art History and Law (minors)

Fellowships and Awards:
2001 Kurt-Hartwig-Siemers Award for outstanding post-doctoral research
1998-2000 Habilitation-scholarship of the German Research Community (DFG) on the topic: "Political Liturgy. Ceremonial Communication in pluralist democracies. A comparison of British, U.S., German, French and European Parliaments"
1996-1998 DFG-Post-Doctoral-scholarship on the topic: "The visual construction of democratic reality", including one year of research in the United States and training in film script, camera, directing, cut at the New York Film Academy
1990-1991 German-Marshall-Fund-Fellow with U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Research and Teaching Positions:
2011-2013 Visiting Professor of Visual Communication at Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland
November 2012 Fellow of the DFG-Kolleg-Forschergruppe "Bildakt & Verkörperung", Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
since 1/2004 Professor of Mass Communication Jacobs University Bremen
2000-2003 Wissenschaftliche Assistentin (C1) at the Institut für Politische Wissenschaft of the Universität Hamburg/Department of Comparative Political Science

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Mass Communication, Media and Communication Science, Jacobs University Bremen