Dr Eike Mark Rinke

Profile

I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Politics and Media in 2019 following postdoctoral work in the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), with which I continue to be affiliated as an External Fellow.

My studies took me to the University of Mannheim, George Washington University, and the University of Erfurt. I also served as visiting researcher and teacher at the University of Washington and the İzmir University of Economics.

I received the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation in Political Communication Award from the Political Communication Division and the 2015 Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Journalism Studies Division of the International Communication Association (ICA) as well as the 2016 Burns “Bud” Roper Fellow Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and 2015 Distinguished Junior Scholars Award from the Political Psychology Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

From 2014-2016, I served as editor of the Political Communication Report, the newsletter of the Political Communication Divisions of the ICA and APSA, and currently as Chair of the Conference Theme “Open Communication” for the 70th Annual ICA Conference from 21st to 25th May 2020 at the Gold Coast, Australia.

Research interests

I specialise in the empirical and normative study of political communication on both the individual and societal level. This includes studies of the democratic quality of how journalists and citizens communicate about political ideas, events, and people in different settings, from election campaigns to political participation events, and from social protest events to everyday life.

I am active in the open science movement and a member of the BITSS Catalyst programme of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) to promote research transparency, reproducibility, and openness as well as a moderator at SocArXiv, the Open Preprint Archive of the Social Sciences. I also co-organized the 2019 MZES Open Social Science Conference at the University of Mannheim.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Qualifications

  • Dr. phil. Media and Communication Studies (University of Mannheim)
  • MA Media and Public Affairs (George Washington University)
  • BA Communication Studies and Social Sciences (University of Erfurt)

Professional memberships

  • American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft (DGPuK)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Text as Data Association (TaDA)
  • World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR)

Student education

I teach on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the broad field of political communication.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Democratic Engagement
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>