First, my name: it is Mandy Tröger but due to having lived in different countries, you can also find me as Mandy Troeger or Mandy Troger. I'm still the same person.
I am generally located in Berlin but am currently living in Phoenix, AZ. I have been a doctoral student at the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2009. Between June 2015 and December 2017, I was a PhD fellow of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and successfully defended my thesis in May 2018. My research is inspired by lived experience, observations, conversations and good books. I also care deeply for social justice issues and have been active in it for years (see non-academic work). In November 2017, I joined the organizing committee of the Network of Critical Communication Researchers in Germany.
I truly enjoy good live music and sometimes travel long distances just for that, mostly, however, for research and good people. I am grateful for my family and friends, and thankful to my mother who has raised my sister and me during the transition period in East Germany.