Anne Leiser
Anne Leiser

BIGSSS, Jacobs University

Tel.: +49 421 200 3961


South Hall, Room: 310

Regular Ph.D. Fellow, Field C, Cohort 2013

Research Interests
Anne Leiser graduated from Jacobs University Bremen with a B.A. in Intercultural Relations and Behavior in 2012. She wrote her thesis on "Freedom and identity: Their role in the perceived experiences of former right-wing extremists."

She continued with a one-year preparatory fellowship at BIGSSS, researching on right-wing extremism and radicalization processes and working closely with EXIT Deutschland. During this time she also studied Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Potsdam.

She is enrolled as a regular fellow at BIGSSS, pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology in Field C ("Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts"). Her current research is on understanding the motivations for the use of Internet and the role of political Internet memes in public discourses and social movements.

  • Internet memes and social media
  • Political participation
  • User-generated content and participatory culture
  • Intercultural communication
  • Prejudices and discrimination
  • Radicalization processes

Dissertation topic
Spreadable Media, Citizens, and Participatory Culture: Uses and Effects of Political Internet Memes

Academic Supervisors
Özen Odag
Arvid Kappas