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Assistant Professor in Journalism, University of Houston
Lea Hellmueller is an assistant professor in Journalism at the Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston and also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in 2017. Her research in journalism studies encompasses several research projects on digital news innovations from a global perspective; political polarization on digital news platforms; right-wing populist journalism as transnational phenomena; cross-cultural and multilingual research into the intersection of politics, religion, culture and its impact on the sourcing, verification and framing strategies of journalists when reporting on terrorist organizations; as well as computational grounded theory.
She is the author of The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century (Palgrave, 2014), co-editor of Journalistic Role Performance: Concepts, Contexts, and Methods (Routledge, 2017) and her most recent research appears in the Journal of Communication, Journalism Studies, International Journal of Communication as well as International Communication Gazette. She is a former Fulbright researcher, recipient of two Swiss NSF fellowships, and her research has been recognized with top paper awards by the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) as well as by the Global Communication and Social Change Division at the International Communication Association (ICA) and her dissertation project won best student paper in Intercultural Communication at the World Communication Association conference. Lea Hellmueller grew up in Switzerland and prior to joining academia, she worked as a journalist in Switzerland, South Africa and the United States.