Kathy Meßmer


E-Mail: kathy@ownw.de
Twitter: @altreflexion
Website: https://www.kathymessmer.de


  • Net Culture and Activism
  • Online Discourse
  • Social Change

Publikationen (Auswahl)

Kathy Meßmer is a sociologist working on matters of digital publics, news literacy and hate speech. 

Currently she is working at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. She has been managing director of the “Forschungsinstitut für gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung” in Düsseldorf (a research institute concerned with social development) and lead strategic development at Civey – a German polling startup.

In 2008/2009 she worked with the leading board of the German social democratic party (SPD) and Gesine Schwan on their campaign for the office of the Bundespräsident (head of state) and acquired skills as an assistent director for the documentary “Sozialdemokraten – 18 Monate unter Genossen” for a major German TV-Channel (ARD) under the direction of Lutz Hachmeister. 

She received her doctorate in 2017 at LMU Munich. In her research she focused on questions of medial ethics and optimization of bodies and designed an empirical analysis of websites as multimodal, hence: visual, linguistic and hyper textual data. 

As a scientist she supervised research projects regarding political and social questions at the Institut für Medien- und Kommunikationspolitik, at TU-Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. She gives talks at conferences and publishes about topics regarding media research, digital transformation, politics and policy, social media, bio politics, feminism and current social questions. She has given several interviews about her work (i.e. Spiegel, Cicero, Süddeutsche) and was invited to different talk shows on national tv.

In 2013 she was one of the initiators of #aufschrei, a hashtag about sexual violence and everyday sexism, which was the first German hashtag ever to win a Grimme-Online-Award.