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, media psychology, and methods of communication research. More precisely I am investigating effects of digital political communication (a) effects of negativity, incivility, and toxic talk in political communication online, as well as (b) effects of political microtargeting. I am furthermore interested in studying dynamics of communication through innovative methods such as experience sampling, Most of my research is comparative and I am investigating cultural differences of political communication usage, perception, and effects.

My work was published in e.g. Communication Research, Communication Theory, Political Communication, Journal of 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, from Facebook Research and the NORFACE network, 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).