Curriculum Vitae

1992-2017 and ongoing




Since 2019

Professor for Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Economics and Social Studies, Department of Social Studies. Still teaching at Erasmus Mundus Master Journalism, Media, Globalization

Honorar Professor for Communications Research at Freie Universitaet Berlin

1991 Habilitation in Communication Studies, LMU Munich
1987-1990 Scholarship-holder for the postdoctoral qualification from the DFG
1980-1987 Research fellow at the LMU Munich, Institute for Communication Studies, Journalism department
1978-1980 Research fellow in the DFG-project „Journalistinnen. Frauen in einem Männerberuf“, LMU München, Head Prof. Langenbucher
1978 Doctorate (PhD/DPhil) in Communication Studies, LMU Munich (Prof. Wolfgang R. Langenbucher)
1975 Masters degree (M.A.), LMU Munich (Prof. Otto B. Roegele)
1973-1978 Freelance journalist and freelance research fellow at the „AFK Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kommunikationsforschung e.V.“, Munich

Visiting professorships and fellowships 

2015 Universidade Católica di Lima, Peru
2009 University of California Berkeley, USA
2008 University of Technology Sydney, Australien
2007 University of Aarhus and Danish School of Journalism, Dänemark

Universität Wien, Österreich

2004 Ben Gurion University in Ber Sheva, Israel

University Tel Aviv, Israel

2001 Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Griechenland
1992 Universität Wien, Österreich
1984 Universität Salzburg, Österreich

Academic capacities (selection since 2005)

2011-2017: spokeswoman of the directorate of the RCMC „Research Center Media and Communication“ at the University of Hamburg (interdisciplinary und interfaculty Research centre)

2007-2017: Principal Investigator at the cluster of excellence CLISAP (climate change) at the University of Hamburg, financed by the DFG.
In Phase I Head of the „Media Research Group“, in Phase II Head of the Research Area „Public Perception and Communication on Climate Change“

2005 – 2017: Local Academic Director in the Erasmus-Mundus Master Programme „Journalism, Media and Globalization“, Phase I and Phase II, as part of the consortium of the UHH together with four european and three non-european cooperation-universities (Aarhus, Amsterdam, City London, Swansea as well as UC Berkeley, UTS Sydney und UC Santiago di Chile)

2005 2009: Founder and coordinator of the Gertrude J. Robinson Mentoring-Programms for social scientists in the field of Communication Studies (at the behest of the DGPuK)

Editorships, advisory tasks


Reviewer for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Schweizer Nationalfond and Österreichische Forschungsförderung as well as academic journals (e.g. Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft)

2011 to 2013

Member of the committee of the founding editors of the journal SCM Studies in Communication | Media (at the DGPuK’s invitation)

2001 to 2005

Editor of COVER, media magazine at the University of Hamburg

1999 to 2003

Member of the International Board of the journal Communications. European Journal of Communication Research

Memberships in academic associations

  • German Communication Association (DGPuK)
  • Austrian Society of Communication (ÖGK)
  • (instit.) European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
  • (instit.) International Communication Association (ICA)
  • (instit.) International Association Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)



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