Team

    • Prof. Dr. Steffen Burkhardt

      Founder and Director

      Prof. Dr. Steffen Burkhardt is Director of the International Media Center (IMC). He researches and teaches with a focus on media sociology, social media, privacy and public sphere. His current research includes the transformation of privacy in consequence of the internationalization and digitalization of the media. Dr. Burkhardt is a founding member of the Global Communication Association, and associated with numerous international organizations and think tanks. He is a member of the selection committee of the German National Academic Foundation and several trusts to promote press freedom, human rights, and democracy. As a reviewer, among other things, the social scientist works for the European Union. Dr. Burkhardt has been appointed a Fellow of the Transatlantic Young Leaders Study Group on the Future of Europe. The media expert is a frequent public speaker for the national media, and has been quoted by such international media outlets as The New York Times and The Guardian.
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    • Jan Homburg

      Research Associate

      Jan Homburg is a research associate in the project “Intercultural Perspectives, Social Media and the Press”. Within the scope of the position, his field of expertise ranges from conducting big data analysis, composing in-depth research reports to developing applicable communication strategies. During his undergraduate studies with a major in information management he was selected for the “Diversity Initiative” scholarship program funded by the German-American Fulbright Commission to visit the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Jan Homburg specialized in the fields of participatory communication and connected internet technologies in the context of his graduate degree in media and information sciences at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. [...] read more

    • Bastian Kießling

      Research Associate

      Bastian Kießling is working as a research associate for the project “Intercultural Perspectives, Social Media and the Press”. He studied Journalism and Communication science at the University of Vienna and worked for the research project “Public Discourses on Climate Change” after his graduation. The project was realised by the University of Hamburg and the cluster for excellence “Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction“ (CliSAP). The cluster is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and conducts fundamental research on climate change in the fields of natural, economic and social sciences. His research focuses on political communication, the processes of public opinion formation and media effects. [...] read more

    • Prof. Dr. Hanna Klimpe

      Professor of Social Media

      Hanna Klimpe is a professor of Social Media at HAW Hamburg. She studied French, philosophy, journalism and communication studies at the universities of Hamburg and Bordeaux. After she graduated, she completed a joint PhD with the Institute for Romance Studies of the University of Hamburg and the Faculty for Social Studies of the University of Paris VII. Her PhD, which was funded by the FAZIT foundation, examined role play as a model of pragmatics for freedom of action. At HAW Hamburg, she was co-responsible for the development of the master program “Digital Communication”, which firstly adapted the concept of newsrooms of American journalism schools for a German-speaking communication program. At SDI München, she was the director of the master program “International Media Communication” as a professor of digital communication & change. [...] read more

    • Malte Bartels

      Project Assistant

      Malte Bartels is working as a project assistant at the International Media Center. He supports current research activities and general content management tasks. In 2018, he started his Bachelor´s degree in media and information at HAW Hamburg, focusing on media management, information organization, information economics, media studies and journalism.

    • Tanja Drozdzynski

      Project Assistant

      Tanja Drozdzynski supports the International Media Center (IMC) team as project assistant. Since 2018 she is a Ph.D. student in political communication. In cooperation with the Otto Friedrich University Bamberg and funded by the FAZIT Foundation, she examines the strategic communication in the Bundestag election campaigns since German reunification. Drozdzynski graduated from University of Hildesheim with a  degree in “International Information Management”, spending a semester abroad at Universidad de Oviedo (Spain) during that time. Later, she pursued her Master’s degree in “Media and Information” at HAW Hamburg while continuously working for the IMC as a project assistant. In her role, she organized several exchange programs. Furthermore, Drozdzynski conducted a research project during her internship at the UAAS7 Liaison Office in New York.

    • Kilian Ganz

      Project Assistant

      Kilian Ganz is a project assistant at the International Media Center. During his research semester, he supports research efforts in ongoing projects and is also part of the team to manage the IMC’s social media channels. After successfully completing his studies in information science and media informatics, Kilian Ganz gained experience in software development which he contributes to the research projects of the IMC. Since 2018 he has been studying in the “Information, Media, Library“ master’s program at HAW Hamburg with a focus on data analysis and data visualization.

    • Dennis Münstermann

      Project Assistant

      As a project assistant, Dennis Münstermann supports the IMC’s ongoing studies by conducting profound data research. Additionally, he is responsible for supporting the maintenance of the IMC’s Twitter profile and web presence. Since Fall 2018 he is enrolled in the master’s program “Information, Media, Library (MA)” at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In combination with his degree in “IT & Design”, he has acquired expertise in data analysis and visualization, applied informatics, media studies and communication science. Additionally, due to his practical experience in international agencies, he has built cultural awareness and developed an understanding for media relations.

    • Rahel Winter

      Project Assistant

      Rahel Winter is a project assistant at the International Media Center where she is tasked with data analysis and maintaining the IMC’s Twitter account. Her research interest is focused on data-driven methods, text mining, data visualization and scandalogy. Following years of practical experience in the book and publishing industry, she is currently a bachelor student of “Library and Information Sciences” at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In her Bachelor’s thesis, she analyses the Austrian #IbizaGate scandal and plans to concentrate on data science, information ethics and media and communication research in the future.

Digital Public Spheres //
Risk Communication //
Social Media Propaganda //
Digital Public Spheres //
Research on digital public spheres at the International Media Center
Risk Communication //
Studies focusing on risk perception and crisis communication
Social Media Propaganda //
Political disinformation in the network society
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