Prof. Dr. Barbara Pfetsch is Professor of Media and Communication Science at the FU Berlin and head of the Division of Communication Theory and Media Effects Research. Her research and publications focus on international comparative studies of political communications and media, on the contents and structures of online issue networks and debates on the internet, on digital communication spaces and on the transformation of the public sphere due to digital communications. Barbara Pfetsch holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Mannheim and a habilitation from the FU Berlin.
She was previously a senior researcher at the WZB and in 2001 accepted a professorship at the University of Hohenheim. Fellowships and research grants took her to Hebrew University Jerusalem (Israel), the Center for Advanced Studies (CASBS) at Stanford University, the Shorenstein Center and the Minda de Gunzburg Center at Harvard University, and Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (all in the USA).
Principal Investigator (PI):
Research Group 14: News, Campaigns and the Rationality of Public Discourse
Research Group 15: Digitalisation and the Transnational Public Sphere
The impact of online communication on the political public sphere – comparing agenda-building processes across countries and issue fields, Projekt im Rahmen der Forschungsgruppe Politische Kommunikation in der Online-Welt (DFG)
Maier, D., Waldherr, A., Miltner, P., Jähnichen P. & Pfetsch, B. (2017). Exploring Issues in a networked Public Sphere: Combining Hyperlink Network Analysis and Topic Modeling. Social Science Computer Review, 1-18.
Pfetsch, B., Maier, D., Miltner, P. & Waldherr, A. (2016). Challenger Networks of Food Policy on the Internet: A Comparative Study of Structures and Coalitions in Germany, the UK, the US, and Switzerland. International Journal of E-Politics, 7(1), 16–36, doi: 10.4018/IJEP.2016010102.
Pfetsch, B., Miltner, P. & Maier, D. (2016). Old and New Dynamics of Agenda Building in a Hybrid Media System. In V. Gerd & H. Philipp (Hrsg.), Political Communication in the Online World: Theoretical Approaches and Research Designs (S. 45-58). New York, Abingdon.
Pfetsch, B./Heft, A. (2015). Theorizing communication flows within a European public sphere. In T. Risse (Hrsg.), European Public Spheres: Politics is back (S. 29-52). Cambridge.
Pfetsch, B., Adam, S. & Bennett, L. W. (2013). The critical Linkage between Online and Offline Media. Javnost – The Public, 20 (3), 5-18.
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