Dr. Peter Maurer

About

Peter Maurer (PhD, Freie Universität Berlin) is a Research Associate (Postdoc) at the Chair of Public Communication since December 2019.

Peter studied Political Science, Communication and French at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and Institut d’Études Politiques, Strasbourg. From 2005 to 2011, he worked as a research associate and doctoral candidate in different DFG (German Research Foundation) funded projects about political communication culture in comparative perspective (Head: Prof. Barbara Pfetsch) at Universität Hohenheim and Freie Universität (FU) Berlin. In his PhD-thesis (completed in 2011 at FU Berlin), he compared media influence between France and Germany based on elite perceptions.

From 2016 to 2019, Peter was a postdoctoral fellow in the COST Action “Populist Political Communication in Europe” (Chair: Prof. Toril Aalberg) at NTNU Trondheim From 2011 to 2016, he held a postdoc position in journalism at the Department of Communication at University of Vienna.

Peter’s research interests include Twitter communication of political journalists in the digital age, patterns of interaction between political actors and the media in comparative perspective (with a special focus on France), and political actors’ strategies of communication on social media platforms (e.g., populism). He is also part of an international cooperation studying media performance in the COVID-9 crisis.

Research areas

Comparative political communication research (e.g. populism in tweets of presidential candidates, French parties' campaign communications on Facebook), Twitter and political journalism, relationship of the political elite and the media, especially perceptions of media influence, media coverage of COVID-19 in French-German comparison 

Publications

Edited volumes:

Arndt-Lappe, S., Belosevic, M., Maurer, P., Moulin, C., Rettinger, A. & Stumpf, S. (Eds.) (in Vorbereitung). Pattern Theory in Language and Communication. Heidelberg University Publishing (geplant für Sommer 2022)

Maurer, P. & Nuernbergk, C. (Eds.) (in Vorbereitung). Journalism, Activism, and Social Media: Exploring the Shifts in Journalistic Roles, Performance, and Interconnectedness. Special issue for Media and Communication. Cogitatio. (geplant für Sommer 2022)

Peer-reviewed journals

Schumacher, N., Maurer, P., & Nuernbergk, C. (2021). Towards new standards? Interaction patterns of German political journalists in the Twittersphere. International Journal of Press/Politics. Online first DOI: 10.1177/19401612211025502

Maurer, P. & Riedl, A. (2020). Why bite the hand that feeds you? Politicians’ and journalists’ perception of common conflicts. Journalism – Theory, Practice & Criticism.
Online first: DOI: 10.1177/1464884919899304

Maurer, P. & Diehl, T. (2020). What kind of populism? A comparison of populism and sentiment in the Twitter campaigns of French and US presidential candidates. Online first: European Journal of Communication.DOI:10.1177/0267323120909288

Chapters in edited volumes

Maurer, P. (2021 im Erscheinen): Einfluss auf politische Entscheidungsträge. In M. Prinzing & R. Blum (Hrsg.) Handbuch politischer Journalismus. Köln: Halem (Link)

Maurer, P. & Beiler, M. (2021 im Erscheinen): Nähe und Distanz zu den Politikern. In M. Prinzing & R. Blum (Hrsg.) Handbuch politischer Journalismus. Köln: Halem.

Maurer, P. & Béllanger, S. (2021). France: Parties‘ Communication Strategies After the 2017 Earthquake. In J. Haßler, M. Magin, U. Russmann, & V. Fenoll (Eds.), Campaigning on Facebook in the 2019 European Parliament Election (87 —102). Palgrave-Macmillan.

Lehre

Seminare im Bachelor "Medien - Kommunikation - Gesellschaft" und "Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft" sowie im Master "Medienwissenschaft" in den Bereichen Politischen Kommunikation, Journalismus, quantitative Methoden (Textanalyse, Befragung)

Wintersemester 2021/22

  • Vorlesung: Medienstrukturen und Öffentlichkeit (i. V. von Prof. Dr, Nuernbergk)
  • Seminar im BA: Journalismus und Corona
  • Seminar im BA: Befragung
  • Seminar im MA: Journalisten auf Twitter im Bundestagswahlkampf

Sommersemster 2021:

  • Inhaltsanalyse: Die Berichterstattung deutscher Medien über die Aktion #allesdichtmachen
  • Einführung in die Befragung: Thema Medienvertrauen und Mediennutzung zur Information über die Corona-Politik

Wintersemester 2020/21

  • Einführung in die Befragung: Thema: Verschwörungstheorien in sozialen Medien (in Kooperation mit Katharina Christ, M.A.)
  • Politikberichterstattung
  • Analyse strategischer Kommunikation (auf Basis quant. Textanalyse)