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 continued at BIGSSS with a one-year preparatory doctoral fellowship, with a research focus on right-wing extremism and radicalization processes. Simultaneously, she studied Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Potsdam.

As a regular fellow at BIGSSS, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Media Psychology, due for completion in June, 2019. Her dissertation focuses on political Internet memes in particular and contemporary citizenry in general. Beyond her doctoral research, she has also worked on external research projects pertaining to online radicalization, political mobilization, social cohesion, and intercultural competence.

Her dual citizenship and trilingual upbringing have prepared her for various intercultural contexts. She has therefore also worked, interned, and volunteered in Senegal, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Kenya.

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

Dissertation abstract
This dissertation addresses the intersection of spreadable digital content, political mobilization, and entertainment. Across three studies, it examines the political-personal motivations for online engagement, factors related to conventional and unconventional political participation, and moral licensing effects of online token support. It thereby aims to fill the research gap on participatory popular culture and the ways in which political life permeates into everyday social media use.

Academic Supervisors
Özen Odag
Arvid Kappas