Tröger, M. (2013). A Fragmented History: Media in Socialist East Germany and the ‘Double Media’ Landscape. Coban, Savas (ed.). Media’s Role in the Socialist Era. Kiel, DE: Amani Publisher International, 107-136.
2014 MACS 331 – Media and Democracy (Upper Division Course), Education for Justice Project (Higher Education in Prison), UIUC and the Danville Correctional Center, Illinois, USA
2011 – 2013 MACS 101 – Introduction to the Media (Advanced Composition Course), UIUC, Instructor
2010 – 2011 MS 351 – Social Aspects of the Media (Lecture), UIUC Instructor: Prof. Isabel Molina / Prof. Ann Reisner, Teaching Assistant
2009 – 2010 MS 320 – Popular Culture (Lecture), UIUC Instructor: Prof. Angharad Valdivia, Teaching Assistant
Apr 2008 – Jul 2009 MAIRD coordinator, Political Science Institute, Leiden University, Netherlands
Research and Other Positions
current Copy editor,Handbook of European Communication History, edited by Prof. Susanne Kinnebrock (University of Augsburg) and Prof. Paschal Preston (Professor Emeritus, Dublin City University), Expected date of publication: 2018
2013 – 2014 Research assistant (Angharad N. Valdivia), Institute Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA Research work, editing of the departmental newsletter and learning material
2012 – 2014 Research assistant (Robert McChesney), Department of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA Assistance in research work
2012 – 2014 Tutor (voluntary), Education for Justice Project (Higher Education in Prison), UIUC and the Danville Correctional Center, Illinois, USA Tutoring students incarcerated at the medium security prison of Danville Correctional Center
2003 – 2006 Student assistant, Erfurt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany Assistance to faculty members, administration and research work, organization of conferences
2005 – 2006 Research assistant, Environmental Policy Research Center, Free University Berlin, Germany
2004 Research assistant, Chair of Comparative Religion and Islam Sciences, University of Erfurt, Germany
2004 Project assistant, Chair of Comparative Government, University of Erfurt, Germany
Work in Progress
My thesis research examines the media transition in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I'm particularly interested in how the media market emerged once the socialist party lost its hegemony over the press and its party papers. I defended my thesis in May 2018 and am currently working on publications based on this research. Follow-up projects include:
“‘A wolf without teeth.’ The story and failure of the GDR Media Control Council.” - Article based on my dissertation, which critically analyzes the role and failure of the Media Control Council, a supervisory body aimed at implementing democratic media in the German Democratic Republic during the transition period.
“The ‘Big Four’ Publishing Houses and the Transition of the Press in Post-Socialist Germany.” - Article based on my dissertation, which gives a detailed account on the dealings of the major German publishing houses Springer, Bauer, Gruner+Jahr and Burda (“Big Four”) in early post-Wall GDR media policies and their eventual building of their own exclusive press distribution system in GDR.
“On the Privatization of GDR Publishers: The Fight over Ownership and the Treuhandgesellschaft.” - Article based on my dissertation, which deals with the rapid, first, joint-venture, later, privatization process of GDR publishers during the transition period, and the eventual dealings of the Treuhandgesellschaft, a “trust agency” and governmental administrative institution in charge of the privatization of the entire GDR economy.
Die Übernahme der ostdeutschen Presse zur Wendezeit. - Book based on my dissertation, combining all of the above for a German readership (Publisher: Halem Verlag).
“On the Disappearance of Critical Theory in German Communication Research.” - Article based on literature review, primary sources, and interviews on the absence of the Frankfurt School tradition in German Communication Research.
Facial Recognition and the Cold War (preliminary stage) - Project based on archival sources on facial recognition techniques used at the border control during the Cold War (archival work summer/fall 2018)