Dr. Lukas P. Otto

I am assistant professor for Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research / ASCoR.

Previously I was a PostDoc/Senior lecturer at the Institute for Communication Psychology and Media Education, University of Koblenz-Landau, where I did my PhD (“Softening trust – Effects of Soft News Characteristics on Trust in Politicians”).

My research focuses on political communication, political psychology and methods of communication research. More precisely, I am interested in media effects on political trust and media trust, dynamics of communication, as well as methods of journalism research. Currently, I am working on different projects that include the mobile experience sampling method to measure political media exposure in a dynamic and precise way, effects of micro-targeting on trust in politicians and emotions as mediators in political communication.

My work was published in e.g. Communication ResearchCommunication Theory, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Communication, Journal of Media Psychology. I received grants from the Ministry of Research and Education, Rhineland-Palatinate and a PhD scholarship from the German Scholarship Foundation, three Best Paper Awards from the International Communication Association (Political Communication Division and Journalism Division). From 2020 on, I am the secretary of the Political Communication division.

I am teaching courses at the bachelor and master level in social sciences, communication science and psychology, mostly on media reception and effects, political psychology and general introductions to communication research. Next semester I will teach the course “Citizens and Public Opinion” (Master Political Communication).