Melanie Saumer, BA BA MSc

Predoctoral Researcher
Project: Social Media and Political Engagement: Mechanisms and Contigencies

Währinger Straße 29 (R. 3.19), 1090 Vienna

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Melanie Saumer is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna since September 2021. Before that, she worked at the department as a teaching assistant within the AdMe research group for four years.

She studied Communication Science at the University of Vienna (MSc, 2021), and holds a BA in Political Science (University of Vienna, 2020) and a BA in Journalism and Communication Science (University of Vienna, 2019).

She is currently working within the FWF project "Social Media and Political Engagement: Mechanisms and Movements". Her research interests include media psychology, political paticipation, effects of strategic communication in society, and feminism.


  • 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, Helena Knupfer).