Christian Pentzold

I’m an Associate Professor (Juniorprofessor) for Communication and Media Studies with a focus on Media Society at ZeMKI, the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Sciences, University of Bremen, Germany. I’m interested in the social construction and appropriation of digital media. My work is based in communication research and cultural sociology and links to insights coming from economics, linguistics, socio-legal studies as well as science and technology studies. I have done research in the fields of computer-mediated communication, mediated cultures and media analysis. Currently, my projects look at public understanding of big data, the organization and governance of peer production, as well as the interplay of time, data and media. Beyond that, I’m interested in applying theories of practice to the study of media and communication and in linking qualitative with quantitative social science methods. As a Post-Doc, I was involved in the Research Training Group “CrossWorlds” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In May 2014 I received the dissertation award of the Sociology of Media Communication Section of the German Communication Association.

I have designed and taught a number of bachelor-level and master-level courses in social science methods, media analysis, media systems, social connections in networked communication, media and cultural theory, organizational communication and public relations. I was an EPSRC-funded doctoral visitor to the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and a visitor to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School.

Since 2012 I have been an Associate Researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society, Berlin and in 2015 I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London.

I am a member of the International Communication Association (ICA), the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and the German Communication Association (DGPuK). Together with Christian Katzenbach I’m chairing the Digital Communication section of the German Communication Association. I’ve been reviewing for New Media & Society, Memory Studies, the New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, Information, Communication & Society, Continuum, Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, Zeitschrift für Diskursforschung, Media, Culture & Society, Science, Technology, & Human Values, Sociological Forum, Telecommunications Policy, Mobile Media and Communication, Big Data & Society, the Internet Policy Review, the Journal of Pragmatics, the International Journal of Communication, Communications – The European Journal of Communication, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, the German National Academic Foundation and the European Commission.

More about my publications can be found on Google Scholar. You can also find me at the ResearchGate