Philipp Müller is Interim Professor in the Institute for Media and Communication Studies at University of Mannheim for the Fall Term 2023 and the Spring Term 2024. Since 2019, he is a Senior Lecturer in the same institute (currently: on leave). Before, he studied Communication Studies, Media Studies, Psychology, and Media Education at the Universities of Mainz and Passau (B.A.: 2008; M.A.: 2010) and completed his PhD at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich with “summa cum laude” (2015). He worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (2010 to 2014) and as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (2014 to 2019). A visiting stay led him to the Dipartimento di Comunicazione e Ricerca Sociale at the Sapienza – Università di Roma.
In research and teaching, Philipp Müller focuses on a) political communication and societal cohesion, b) perceptions, uses, and effects of digital news, c) the media’s construction of social groups and its effects as well as d) the social dynamics and psychological mechanisms of media change and innovation. His methodological expertise is in quantitative methods where puts special emphasis on the triangulation of computational and traditional quantifying methods.
At the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Philipp Müller coordinates the teaching of empirical methods. Furthermore, he leads the third-party funded research project Implicit and Explicit Racism in News and Social Media: Extent and Effects. His works appeared in high-rank journals (e.g. Journal of Communication, Political Communication, Digital Journalism) and won a number of awards, among them the Kaid Sanders Best Article of the Year Award of ICA’s political communication division.
Beyond research and teaching, Philipp Müller engages in knowledge transfer into society, by authoring articles and expert reports (e.g. for DW Akademie, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), by giving keynote lectures and participating in panel discussions (e.g. for Bündnis 90/