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 Munich, Germany, but regularly travel to the US. I have been a doctoral student at the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2009 until 2018. For the completion of my coursework, I lived in Urbana and became an active member of its community life. Between June 2015 and December 2017, I was a PhD fellow of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, Germany, and successfully defended my thesis at the Union for Democratic Communication (UDC) conference in Chicago in May 2018. Since December 2018, I hold a research position (Habilstelle) on “media people” at LMU in Munich and regularly write for the blog Medienrealität (German). 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 (krikowi) 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 in Urbana/Chicago, Phoenix, Amsterdam and Berlin, and thankful to my mother for having raised my sister and me during the transition period in East Berlin. Above all, none of this would be possible without my loving husband G.V.