Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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Matthias Revers appointed Lecturer of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds

November 8th, 2017

Dr Matthias Revers joins the School of Media and Communication as a Lecturer of Media and Communication in January 2018. He holds a PhD in sociology from the State University of New York in Albany and is currently a “Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter” (postdoctoral researcher and lecturer) at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Frankfurt.


His research focuses on political communication and journalism and has two main emphases: comparative research on political public spheres and digitization of media work. His recent book Contemporary Journalism in the US and Germany (Palgrave US) is a comparative ethnographic study of political reporters in the two countries. Matthias Revers has been published in the Journal of Communication, Media Culture & Society, Journalism, Information, Communication & Society, and The American Sociologist.

His current research agenda is titled “The Rupturing Seems of Civil Society.” It encompasses several research projects on political polarization in contemporary democracies, including on the moral boundaries of speech (free speech/hate speech); the establishment, use, enforcement, breach, and battle against inclusive language (and “political correctness”); the mediated experience of political antagonism; and right-wing populist journalism. Besides deploying discourse analysis and qualitative field research, this research adds text mining to his methodical toolkit.

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