Is there a ‘feminine’ response to terrorism?

Check out Sabrina Karim’s and my new piece on gender-specific leadership in reaction to terrorist attacks. “The Conversation” features some early findings from an ongoing research project of ours, comparing feminine vs. masculine responses to terror, including results from a text analysis of post-attack statements. Is Jacinda Ardern’s reaction to the Christchurch mosque shootings different from that of male presidents and prime ministers to similar mass shootings?

Read the full article here

Is Trump driving Putin and Merkel together?

In an interview with *Background Briefing with Ian Masters* on KPFK-FM 90.7, Los Angeles, on Monday, Sept 12, I comment on Angela Merkel’s phone call to Putin regarding the conflict about North Korea’s nuclear armament, Merkel’s offer to become involved in a diplomatic initiative to end the North Korean nuclear and missiles program, the German Russian relations in general, and the Russia’s possible interference into the upcoming German elections.

Hear the full the interview here 

YouTube video about media effects

I recently spoke with Thorsten Faas about media effects during campaigns for the YouTube channel „Was mit Wahlen“. We explain three media effects theories in this little clip: agenda setting, framing and priming. You can watch the video (and many more interesting clips on elections) here:

Warning: it is in German 😉

New office: 201 White Hall

Please note, that I have recently moved to a new office. I am now at 201 White Hall and not at 216 White Hall anymore. Office hours (still Tuesday 3-5:00 PM) will now also take place at my new office. And please do not forget to email me in advance and let me know that you are planning to come, as otherwise I might not be there. Thank you!

Relief in Germany Following the French Election

In an interview with *Background Briefing with Ian Masters* on KPFK-FM 90.7, Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 07, I comment on the influence of the hacking attack on the French presidential election, the reactions in Germany following the victory of Emmanuel Macron and the upcoming Bundestag elections in Germany, in particular the possibility of Russian interferences in the campaign for the German General Election.

Hear the full interview here

New book „Modernisierung deutscher Wahlkämpfe?“ out now

Recently my book „Modernisierung deutscher Wahlkämpfe? Kampagnenkommunikation zwischen 1957 und 1965“ has been published:

Krewel, Mona (2017): Modernisierung deutscher Wahlkämpfe? Kampagnenkommunikation zwischen 1957 und 1965? [Modernization of German Election Campaigns? Campaign Communication between 1957 and 1965]. Baden-Baden: Nomos.


The central aim of the book consists in the description and explanation of the developments within the campaigns of the CDU and the SPD for the German federal elections of 1957, 1961 and 1965. Thereby particular attention is paid to potential differences in terms of timing with regard to the development of campaigning between the CDU and the SPD. Moreover, the book thematizes the underlying causes of these differences. Beyond that, the book gives an answer to the question, whether the encountered developments in campaigning can be considered as a modernization of campaigning and if the election campaigns between the end of the 50s and the Mid-60s therefore can be characterized as the beginning of the age of modern campaigning.

The publication can be ordered on the website of Nomos



New publication

Recently a new study by Thorsten Faas and me got published, which provides an overview on political media effects:

Faas, Thorsten und Mona Krewel (2016): Eine komplexe Dreiecksbeziehung. Politik – Medien – Bürger_innen und ihre wechselseitigen Einflüsse. [A complex triangle relationship: Politics – Media –Citizens and their reciprocal influences.] Bonn: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

The publication can be downloaded on the website of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung at no costs: