I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at Aarhus University Denmark in the project OrganiCity. Previously, I was a lecturer at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies of Freie Universität Berlin, a doctoral student at the Graduate School of North American Studies Berlin, a visiting scholar at Doshisha University Kyoto and an exchange student in media archaeology/film history at the University of Amsterdam.
My research is focused on the intersections of history of media technologies with theories of communication and media as practice. Increasingly, this addresses ways of understanding the role of data, automation and algorithmic thinking in communication practices. In my current research, I am developing an analytic and theoretical model for the circulation of communicative objects to understand and analyse new forms of publics in online contexts – beyond journalism. This involves new interdisciplinary approaches to co-creation processes, fostering data literacy and innovating public management practices.
My dissertation (2009-2014) on “Journalistic Practices and the Cultural Valuation of New Media” at the Graduate School of North American Studies in Berlin laid out a theoretical framework of practice theory to describe changes in journalism as new technologies emerge. The study looked comparatively at the emergence of the penny press (1830s), the adoption of photography in journalism(1890s), and the challenge of network media to broadcast journalism (2000s).
Apart from reviewing for German and international journals, publishers and associations, I was Vice Chair of the Digital Culture and Communication Section (2014-2016) in the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). I am also on the editorial board of the open access journal Media Theory.