A few words about me:
I am Professor of Communication and Media with Focus on Innovative Methods at ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Science, University of Bremen. I have previous held positions as Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, University of Groningnen (Aug 2017-March 2018), Research Fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) (2013-2017). From 2011 to 2013 I was also Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow at the MZES, University of Mannheim. For the year 2016 I was invited Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance, where I taught courses on theories and methods in new media political communication, at the School’s Master of Public Policy. I am currently teaching on an annual basis at the School’s executive Masters of Public Administration.
Before embarking on my academic journey, I studied Sociology at the University of Crete in Greece (2000-2004), where I was fortunate to have a good number of very inspiring professors (especially Minas Samatas, but also Maria Kousis) whose influence has been pivotal in my decision to pursue an academic career.
Upon finishing my Bachelors degree in 2004, I moved to London to study for an MSc in New Media, Information and Society at the London School of Economics. I wrote my MSc dissertation on the internet’s impact on Greek people’s political participation under the tutoring of Professor Nick Couldry.
In October 2006 I entered UCL‘s Department of Political Science where, until October 2010, I studied for a PhD in Political Science under the inspiring supervision of Jennifer Hudson and Sherrill Stroschein.
After successfully defending my PhD thesis in November 2010 (awarded in 2011), I was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and moved to the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) where I worked under the inspirational mentorship of Jan W. van Deth. From 2014 to July 2017 I was Research Fellow at the MZES. After that, and for a brief period (August 2017 to March 2018) before taking up a position as Interim Professor of Communication with Focus on Innovative Methods at the University of Bremen, I held the position of Assistant Professor at the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, University of Groningen.