Helena Knupfer, Bakk. BSc MSc MA

Predoctoral Researcher

Währinger Straße 29 (R. 3.37), 1090 Vienna

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✉  helena.knupfer@univie.ac.at

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Helena Knupfer is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna since October 2020. Before that, she was working at the department as a teaching assistant within our research group (2017–2020).

Helena studied Journalism and Communication Science at the University of Vienna (MA, 2020) as well as Psychology at the Department of Psychology (University of Vienna, MSc, 2022; Focus: Clinical and Health Psychology). She holds a BSc in Psychology and a BA (Bakk.) in Journalism and Communication Science (University of Vienna, 2016). Helena's dissertation investigates media content and effects of news coverage of far-right violence and terrorism. Further research interests include sustainability, political communication and media psychology.


  • 2023, May
    Top Poster Award
    for the paper "Femicides in the news: Effects of victims' and perpetrators' nationality on victim blaming and fear of victimization", Journalism Studies Division (as a co-author of Phelia Weiß, Ruta Kaskeleviciute & Jörg Matthes).
  • 08/2022
    First Place Faculty Paper Award for the paper "Silent sympathy: News attention, subtle support for far-right extremism, and negative attitudes toward Muslims", Religion & Media Interest Group, AEJMC annual convention, Detroit, USA (co-authors: Ruta Kaskeleviciute & Jörg Matthes).
  • 08/2021
    First Place Faculty Paper Award for the paper "Who says 'Muslims are not terrorists'? News differentiation, Muslim vs. non-Muslim sources, and attitudes toward Muslims", Religion & Media Interest Group, (virtual) AEJMC annual convention (as a co-author of Ruta Kaskeleviciute & Jörg Matthes).
  • 06/2019
    UNIVIE Teaching Award 2019 (category: "Giving and taking (peer-)feedback") for the course/lecture VERQUAN: Advanced Quantitative Methods held during the 2018 winter semester, awarded by the Rectorate of the University of Vienna, Austria (together with Jörg Matthes).
  • 05/2019
    Top Faculty Award
     for the paper "Do journalists differentiate between Muslims and Islamist terrorists? A content analysis of terrorism news coverage", Journalism Studies Division, ICA annual convention, Washington, D.C., USA (co-authors: Christian von Sikorski, Desirée Schmuck, Jörg Matthes, Claudia Klobasa, Melanie Saumer).