Zollmann, F., Klaehn, J., and T. Sikka et. al. (2018). “The Propaganda Model and Intersectionality: Integrating Separate Paradigms.” In: Media Theory, Special Section: Edward S. Herman and the Propaganda Model Today, 2/2, 213-239.
Tröger, M. (2014). U.S. Pop-Culture Decontextualized: Consumerist Ideologies in Socialist East Germany. In: Spectator - The University of Southern California Journal of Film and Television, Spring, 34/1, 10-17.
Tröger, M. (2013). Critical Comm History | What Makes “Free” Radio? U.S. Media Policy Discussions in Post-War Germany 1945-1947. In: International Journal of Communication, 7, 20.
Tröger, M. (2012). Re-reading C. Wright Mills. Breaking the Disembodied Truth. In: Cultural Studies & Critical Methodologies, June, 12/3, 173-179.
Tröger, M. (2015). Crisis and the Information Economy: Re-Reading Herbert S. Schiller. Leonzi, Silvia, Giovanni Ciofalo, Antonio Di Stefano (eds.). Power and Communication. Media, Politics and Institutions in Times of Crisis. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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.
Tröger, M. (2016). Jahrbuch für Kommunikationsgeschichte Book Review (in German) of Anikó Imre. TV socialism. Durham: Duke University Press.
Tröger, M. (2016). H-Diplo Article Review of Anke Fiedler and Michael Meyen, “The steering of the press in the socialist states of Eastern Europe: the German Democratic Republic (GDR) as a case study.” Cold War History 15:4 (November 2015), 449-470.
Die „Fake News“-Falle. (Jan 28, 2019)
IAMCR in Trumps Amerika. Gedanken zur Tagung in Eugene, Oregon (USA), 20. bis 24. Juni 2018 ( IAMCR in Trump’s America. Thoughts on the 2018 conference in Eugene, Oregon (USA), June 20-24, english version). (Jun. 27, 2018)
IAMCR 2017: Welcome to Latin America (english). (Jul. 26, 2017)
I regularly write for MEDIENREALITÄT, a blog that features critical commentaries, articles and book reviews on media related issues for researchers, practitioners and a broader German-speaking public.
Teaching and Research Positions
”Media and Democracy” (Upper Division Course), Education for Justice Project (Higher Education in Prison), UIUC and the Danville Correctional Center, Illinois, USA
2011 – 2013
”Introduction to the Media” (Advanced Composition Course), UIUC, Instructor
2010 – 2011
”Social Aspects of the Media” (Lecture), UIUC
Instructor: Prof. Isabel Molina / Prof. Ann Reisner, Teaching Assistant
2009 – 2010
”Popular Culture” (Lecture), UIUC
Instructor: Prof. Angharad Valdivia, Teaching Assistant
2008 – 2009
MAIRD coordinator, Political Science Institute, Leiden University, Netherlands
Research and Other Positions
2017 - 2018
Copy editor, Handbook of European Communication History, edited by Prof. Susanne Kinnebrock (University of Augsburg) and Prof. Paschal Preston (Professor Emeritus, Dublin City University)
2013 – 2014
Research assistant (Angharad N. Valdivia), Institute Communications Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA
2012 – 2014
Research assistant (Robert McChesney), Department of Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA
2012 – 2014
Tutor (voluntary), Education for Justice Project (Higher Education in Prison), UIUC and the Danville Correctional Center, Illinois, USA
2003 – 2006
Student assistant, Erfurt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany
2004 – 2006
- Environmental Policy Research Center, Free University Berlin, Germany
- Chair of Comparative Religion and Islam Sciences, University of Erfurt, Germany
- Chair of Comparative Government, University of Erfurt, Germany
The Political Economy of Media and Communications, LMU, Fall 2018
Work in Progress
My dissertation 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:
“The ‘Big Four’ Publishing Houses and the Transition of the Press in Post-Socialist Germany.” - Article that 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 further research, 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.
At the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, my work is part of a research cluster on "the media legacy of the GDR." My particular project, called "media people" (Medienmenschen), asks if and how having been socializing in socialist East Germany influences media producers/production (broad definition: journalists, directors, or small scale celebrities) in their sense of i.e. aesthetics, text or content.