Hajo G. Boomgaarden




I am Professor for Empirical Social Science Methods with a Focus on Text Analysis at the Department of Communication and currently 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. Currently, 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 serve as deputy scientific director of the Austrian Social Science Data Archive, deputy director of the Vienna Center for Electoral Research and Scientific Board member of the European Social Survey. Also, I am member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media and of the European Journal of Political Research, and Associate Editor of Survey Methods: Inights from the Field. 

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 70 international journal articles and numerous 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.

I am consortium member of the REMINDER project, funded by the Horizon 2020 Innovation and Research program for the period 2017-2019. For the academic year 2012/2013 I was awarded a fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2011 I received 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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