Dr. Philipp Müller

Please note: As of March 1st, Philipp Müller has moved to the University of Mannheim. To contact him there, please write to p.mueller@uni-mannheim.de.

04/2014-02/2019: Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

01/2018-07/2018: Parental leave

08/2015-02/2016: Principal investigator of the project „Medienkonvergenz aus Nutzersicht. Eine Exploration mittels kognitiver Verfahren“, funded by Forschungsschwerpunkt Medienkonvergenz of the University of Mainz, State of Rhineland-Palatinate

07/2015: PhD from the School of Social Sciences, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, with a thesis on the perception of media change (summa cum laude)

06/2014-09/2016: Coordinator of the collaboration between the Universities of Zurich and Mainz as part of the National Center of Competence in Research – Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century (NCCR Democracy), project "A look into the black box—How populist communication strategies affect citizens' attitudes", funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation

04/2013: Visiting lecturer at the Dipartimento di Comunicazione e Ricerca Sociale, Sapienza – Università di Roma, funded by the EU programme ERASMUS

04/2010-03/2014: Research associate at the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich

10/2004-02/2010: Studies in Communication, Psychology, Media Studies, and Media Education at the Universities of Mainz and Passau (B.A., 2008; M.A. 2010); during this time: several appointments with media and market research organizations (Passauer Neue Presse, ZDF, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Media-Analyse) and as tutor and research assistant at the University of Passau


Research focus:

  • Uses, perceptions, and effects of journalistic media coverage
  • Social dynamics and psychological mechanisms of media change and innovation
  • Media production and consumption in the digital age
  • Political communication and societal cohesion
  • Populism, "post-truth" society and polarization



  • Best Proposal Award 2018 of DGPuK's Communication and Politics Division
  • The Kaid Sanders Best Article of the Year Award 2017 of ICA's Political Communication Division
  • Top Paper Award 2016/2017 of the journal SCM – Studies in Communication and Media
  • Top Reviewer 2017 of the journal Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
  • Best Proposal Award 2017 of DGPuK's Media Reception and Effects Division
  • Top Poster 2015 of ICA's Mass Communication Division
  • Best Paper Award 2011 of DGPuK's Media Reception and Effects Division


Activities in the academic community:

  • Reviewer for national and international conferences and journals (e.g.: Communication Research; Information, Communication & Society; International Journal of Public Opinion Research; Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Journal of Communication; Media Psychology; Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft; New Media & Society; Public Opinion Quarterly; SC|M – Studies in Communication | Media; The International Journal of Press/Politics)
  • Organizer of conferences, workshops, and panels (e.g., ICA, DGPuK Methods Division, DGPuK Media Reception and Effects Division)
  • Member of European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), German Communication Association (DGPuK), International Communication Association (ICA), International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Netzwerk Medienstrukturen, and Team Populism
  • Functions in academic self-government (e.g., member of the faculty council, commissioner for the library of the Department of Communication, member of appointment and teaching committees)


Knowledge transfer:

  • Author of expert reports (Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit)
  • Media appearances (interviews with, e.g., ARD.de, Deutschlandfunk, dpa, MDR aktuell, meta – Das Magazin über Journalismus und Wissenschaft, stern, SWR Fernsehen, ZDF, ZDFinfo)
  • Public talks and panel discussions (on invitation by, e.g., Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Rheinland-Pfalz, Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, Jugend- und Sozialamt Frankfurt a. M., AStA of RWTH Aachen)