Dr. Edda Humprecht

Comparative Research on Political Communication & News

About

Hello, I am a Professor of Communication Research at the University of Jena in Germany. I am also the head of a research group focused on Digitalization and the Public Sphere. Before my current position, I worked as an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and as a Senior Research and Teaching Associate at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland, where I also earned my PhD.

My primary research focus is on how political communication is shaped by opportunity structures in different countries. I analyze various forms of online communication, including comment sections, YouTube videos, and news, and use empirical typologies to explain differences between countries. Additionally, I am researching ways to empower news users against manipulative communication, such as disinformation, conspiracy narratives, and hate speech, in different countries.

I have been recognized for my research with several awards, and I serve on the editorial boards of Digital Journalism and Human Communication Research

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