Hajo G. Boomgaarden




I am Professor for Empirical Social Science Methods with a Focus on Text Analysis at the Department of Communication and currently Vice Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna. Before, I have worked as Associate Professor for Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research and the Department of Communication at the University of Amsterdam. I am principle investigator of the Media Side project of the Austrian National Election Study and in the H2020 project REMINDER (Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms). I am member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. For the academic year 2012/2013 I was awarded a fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

My research interests focus on content analyses of media portrayals of politics and on media effects on political attitudes and behaviours and on methodological advances of content analysis techniques. I have (co-)authored more than 50 international journal articles and several book chapters on issues such as media and European integration, media election campaign and issue coverage, media effects on economic perceptions, immigration attitudes and extreme-right voting and on framing effects.

In 2011 I was awarded a VENI research grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) for the project ‘Media(ted) Populism: Properties and Consequences’. I also lead a longitudinal project on media coverage of German Bundestag election campaigns. Furthermore, I was involved in research projects on the politicization of immigration and EU issues, on the media and the 2009 European Parliament election, and on the relationship between religion and public support for European integration.

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