Background and activities

I am an Associate Professor of Digitalisation, Information Technology and Societal Change in the Department of Sociology and Political Science. Previously, I worked at the University of Zurich, Switzerland where I also received my PhD.
My research focuses on online communication and the changing digital landscape. I study the extent to which digitalization offers new opportunity structures for the spread of phenomena such as disinformation, conspiracy narratives, and hate speech. I am interested in the effects of manipulative communication and ways to empower news users against such manipulation.
My research has been recognised with several awards such as the Jay Blumler Best Article Award 2021. I am currently on the editorial board of Digital Journalism and Human Communication Research. 
Latest Publications
Humprecht, E., Castro, L., Blassnig, S., Engesser, S., Brüggemann, M. (2022): Changing Media Systems in the Digital Age – A Comparison of 30 countries. Journal of Communication. DOI: 10.1093/joc/jqab054
Morosoli, S., Van Alest, P., Humprecht, E., Esser, F., Staender, A. (2022). Do issue attitudes drive the spread of disinformation? An experimental study on the interaction with disinformation on social media. American Behavioral Scientist. DOI: 10.1177/00027642221118300
Hameleers, M., Humprecht, E., Lühring, L., Möller, J. (2021): Different Degrees of Deception – The Effects of Different Types of COVID-19 Disinformation and the Effectiveness of Corrective Information in Crisis Times. Information, Communication & Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.2021270
Humprecht, E., Staender, A., Morosoli, S., Van Alest, P., Esser, F. (2021): Sharing of Disinformation in Cross-National Comparison - Analyzing Patterns of Resilience. Information, Communication & Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2021.2006744
Staender, A., Humprecht, E., Morosoli, S., Van Alest, P., Esser, F. (2021) Is Sensationalist Disinformation More Effective? Three Facilitating Factors at the National, Individual, and Situational Level. Digital Journalism. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2021.1966315
Hellmueller, L., Lischka, J. A., & Humprecht, E. (2021). Shaping (non)-discursive social media spaces: Cross-national typologies of news organizations’ heavy commenters. New Media & Society, 23(11), 3249–3267.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications