Hartmut Wessler

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Institute for Media and Communication Studies, University of Mannheim


Hartmut holds a chair for Media and Communication Studies at the University of Mannheim. He has conducted research and taught classes as a visiting scholar at New York University, the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and the University of Zürich. Hartmut gained his doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Hamburg. He is the Co-Chair of the German Communication Association. His work revolves around the democratic qualities of online and offline public debate.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Hartmut is involved in the program Depolarizing Public Debates.


Is Constructive Engagement Online a Lost Cause? Toxic Outrage in Online User Comments Across Democratic Political Systems and Discussion Arenas
with Julia Jakob, Timo Dobbrick et al., in: Communication Research, 2023

Differential Racism in the News: Using Semi-Supervised Machine Learning to Distinguish Explicit and Implicit Stigmatization of Ethnic and Religious Groups in Journalistic Discourse
with Philipp Müller, Chung-Hong Chan et al., in: Political Communication, 2023

Multiperspectival Normative Assessment: The Case of Mediated Reactions to Terrorism
with Scott L. Althaus, Chung-Hong Chan et al., in: Communication Theory, 2022

Habermas and the Media
Cambridge, 2018

Bridging Segregation Via Media Exposure? Ingroup Identification, Outgroup Distance, and Low Direct Contact Reduce Outgroup Appearance in Media Repertoires
with David Schieferdecker, in: Journal of Communication, 2017

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