Dr. Mathias Weber

Postdoctoral Researcher
(currently on leave)

04/2018 - 09/2018: Visiting Professor at the Department of Communication Studies and Media Research, University of Munich (LMU)

09/2014 - present: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Communication, University of Mainz, Germany

10/2016-01/2017: Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

09/2014: Dr. phil. in Communication Research
Title of the dissertation: 'Shared media use in teenagers’ peer groups as shared engagement with identity and developmental tasks'

05/2009 - 08/2014: Research associate at the Department of Communication, University of Mainz, Germany

11/2008 - 04/2009: Junior project manager, m-result Market Research & Management Consulting, Mainz, Germany

08/2004 - 10/2008: Project assistant market research, m-result Market Research & Management Consulting, Mainz, Germany

11/2008: Magister Artium (M.A.) in Communication Science; title of the thesis: 'The pornography consumption among german adolescents'

04/2003 - 11/2008: Studies of Communication Science (major), Psychology, and Musicology (minors), University of Mainz, Germany

01/2006 - 05/2006: Studies of Journalism, University of Bordeaux, France


Research Agenda

  • Social communication
  • Children, adolescents and media
  • Risks of digital communication
  • Economic journalism
  • Media use and effects
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods


Other Activities

Reviewer for a number of scientific journals: e.g., Media Psychology; New Media & Society; International Journal of Public Opinion Research

Elected representative for the non-tenured faculty in different boards and committees at the University of Mainz



  • Biannual dissertation award of the German Communication Association (2016)
  • Award for the best dissertation on media convergence, Research Center on Media Convergence, University of Mainz (2014)
  • Naomi C. Turner Award of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) for the best paper presented by emerging scholars at the annual conference 2014
  • Magister degree received ‚with distinction‘



Telephone: +49 06131/ 39-23209

E-Mail: mathias.weber@uni-mainz.de