My name is Andreas Hepp.

I am professor of media and communications and Head of ZeMKI, Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research, University of Bremen, Germany.

About me

Before I became a professor at the ZeMKI, University of Bremen, I was at the University of Münster, the Technical University of Ilmenau, the Technical University Karlsruhe (now KIT) and the University of Trier.

I was Visiting Researcher and Visiting Professor at leading institutions such as the London School of Economics and Political Science, Goldsmiths University of London, Université Paris II Panthéon ASSAS, Stanford University and others. I am the author of 12 monographs including
The Mediated Construction of Reality (with Nick Couldry, 2017), Transcultural Communication (2015) and Cultures of Mediatization (2013). My latest book is Deep Mediatization (2020, in German: Auf dem Weg zur digitalen Gesellschaft, 2021).

My research and my teaching focuses on how media change and transformations in the way we communicate are interrelated with re-figurations within culture and society. To adequately define this scenario, I harness the terminology of deep mediatization.

Deep mediatization research connects to a range of other areas such as the role algorithms play in contemporary society, data and the datafication of communication, the influence of pioneers and pioneer communities on media-related developments, the emergence of new kinds of publics at the local, national and transnational level, the increasing role automation and communicative AI play in everyday communications, and the everyday use and appropriation of media by different media generations. 

I was a member of the Leopoldina working group
Digitalization and Democracy and am one of the co-founders of

I am currently working on a book on "pioneer communities" and their role in deep mediatization: the emergence of what is also called "digital society". The book is based on the results of my empirical research over the last six years.


At the moment, I am involved in the following research projects:

For further information on these projects, please visit their websites. If you require more information about me, please visit my personal ZeMKI web page.

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