Dr. Annett Heft

Research Group Lead

Annett Heft, Dr. Phil., is head of the research group Digitalization and the Transnational Public Sphere and senior researcher at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Her main fields of research are the comparative study of political communication and mobilisation in Europe with a focus on digital public spheres, right-wing communication infrastructures, transnational communication as well as quantitative methods and computational social science. Recent projects focus on right-wing digital news infrastructures in Western democracies, networked publics, and digital communication networks of pro- and anti-EU parties.



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Freie Universität Berlin (FU)
  • Positions

    Research Group Lead:

    Research Group 15: Digitalisation and the Transnational Public Sphere

  • © Jan Kopankiewicz
  • Committees and functions
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK)
    • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
    • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Fields of research
    • Political communication in Europe with a focus on digital public spheres
    • Transnational communication and the European public sphere
    • Quantitative and digital research methods




Heft, Annett/Dogruel, Leyla (2019): Searching for Autonomy in Digital News Entrepreneurism Projects. In: Digital Journalism. First Published March 18, 2019, 1-20,

Heft, Annett/Alfter, Brigitte/Pfetsch, Barbara (2017): Transnational journalism networks as drivers of Europeanisation. In: Journalism. First Published May 18, 2017, 1-20.

Heft, Annett (2017): National Orientations or a Common European Debate? The Representation of the Beginnings of the Greek and Euro Crisis in German and Spanish Quality Press. In: Javnost – The Public, Vol. 24, No. 1, 49-70.

Heft, Annett/Wittwer, Sophia/Pfetsch, Barbara (2017): Divided They Tweet? A Comparative Analysis of Twitter Networks of Pro- and Anti-EU Parties. In: Caiani, Manuela/Guerra, Simona (Ed.): Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 195-218.

Heft, Annett (2016): Nationales Indexing versus Europäische Öffentlichkeit? Die Berichterstattung und Kommentierung deutscher und spanischer Zeitungen zur Griechenland- und Euro-Krise 2009/10. Schriftenreihe Politische Kommunikation und demokratische Öffentlichkeit, Band 13. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Pfetsch, Barbara/Heft, Annett (2015): Theorizing communication flows within a European public sphere. In: Risse, Thomas (Ed.): European Public Spheres. Politics Is Back. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 29-52.

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