Dorothée Hefner is the interim professor for Media and Communication Studies substituting for Prof. Keppler in the Fall/
She studied Media Management with a minor in Applied Communication Research and Psychology at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, where she worked as a Research Associate from 2006 to 2011 and finished her doctoral dissertation on the influence of political expertise on political conversations in 2011.
She worked as a Post-Doc Research Associate at Prof. Vorderer's sub-department from 2012 until early 2015. Since then she's been working as a Research Associate at the Department of Journalism and Communication Research at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.
In her current research she is investigating the relationship between new opportunities for media use (being permanently connected, social media) and well-being (stress, mindfulness, FoMO...) and political media use and media literacy. Her focus is on unconscious, automated and habitual processes of media use and reception.