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Dr. O. (Olga) Eisele

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Corporate Communication

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Olga Eisele is an Assistant Professor in the Corporate Communication Program Group at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). Before joining ASCoR in 2022, she held positions at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria, as well as the University of Siegen, Germany. After completing her PhD at Vienna University in 2017, she was Principal Investigator of two research projects on politics-media dynamics in times of crisis with a special focus on the European Union. Her research has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Political Communication, and Communication Methods & Measures.

    Expertise and research fields

    • Crisis communication
    • Communication by and about the European Union 
    • Democracy contestation
    • Political role of Corporations

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  • Research

    Research methods

    • Manual content analysis
    • Computational text analysis
    • Experimental research

    Current research projects

    • DeCon – Public contestation of Democracy: Manual content analysis of claims about different aspects of democracy in Dutch and US online news
    • Visual EU Communication on Social Media: Automated and manual analysis of visuals and text in the Facebook Communication of the EU’s principal institutions
    • Morality in CSR Communication: Automated analysis of morality salience in CSR reports of companies in Germany, UK, and US.

    Research grants & honours

    • DeCon – Dynamics of Public Democracy Contestation’ (Dutch Research Foundation NWO – Open Competition XS Scheme; 50,000€; 2023). Own Role: Principal Investigator.
    • ‘Contestation of Truth: Public Discourses on Migration in Central Europe in the Post-Truth Era’ (Czech Science Foundation GAČR; 153,664€; 2018). Own Role: Co-Applicant and Project Affiliate; Principal Investigator: Dr. Alena Kluknavská (Masaryk University Brno).
    • ‘Tango on a Tightrope – An Investigation of Media-Politics Dynamics in EU Crisis Management’ (Austrian Science Fund (FWF) – Hertha-Firnberg Programme; 234,210€; 2018). Own Role: Principal Investigator.
    • ‘Tango on a Tightrope - An Investigation of Media-Politics Dynamics in Austrian EU Crisis Management’ (Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank); complementary project on the case study of Austria (111,394€; 2018). Own Role: Co-Applicant and Co-Principal Investigator (together with Prof. Hajo G. Boomgaarden (University of Vienna).


  • Teaching & PhD supervision
    • Graduation project (BA Thesis seminar)
    • Organisations, Media & Society (MA specialization seminar)
    • Thesis preparation groups + Thesis supervision (MA)
    • Supervision of PhD Student Lisa J. Herbig (Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies), project on ‘Justifying restrictive EU policy measures in times of crisis’
  • Publications


    • Brandle, V. K., & Eisele, O. (2023). A thin line: Governmental border communication in times of European crises. Journal of Common Market Studies, 61, 597-615.
    • Eisele, O., & Hajdinjak, S. (2023). Entrenching positions? The dynamics of Brexit negotiations mirrored in British, Irish, and EU executives’ speeches. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 31(3), 1027-1040.
    • Eisele, O., Heidenreich, T., Litvyak, O., & Boomgaarden, H. G. (2023). Capturing a News Frame: Comparing Machine-Learning Approaches to Frame Analysis with Different Degrees of Supervision. Communication Methods and Measures.
    • Kluknavská, A., & Eisele, O. (2023). Trump and circumstance: introducing the post-truth claim as an instrument for investigating truth contestation in public discourse. Information, Communication & Society, 26(8), 1583-1600.


    • Eisele, O., Escalante-Block, E., Kluknavská, A., & Boomgaarden, H. G. (2022). The politicising spark? Exploring the impact of #MeToo on the gender equality discourse in Australian print media. Australian Journal of Political Science, 57, 309-327 .
    • Eisele, O., Litvyak, O., Brändle, V. K., Balluff, P., Fischeneder, A., Sotirakou, C., Syed Ali, P., & Boomgaarden, H. G. (2022). An Emotional Rally: Exploring Commenters’ Responses to Online News Coverage of the COVID-19 Crisis in Austria. Digital Journalism, 10(6), 952-975.
    • Eisele, O., Tolochko, P., & Boomgaarden, H. G. (2022). How do executives communicate about crises? A framework for comparative analysis. European Journal of Political Research, 61, 952-972.
    • Heidenreich, T., Eisele, O., Watanabe, K., & Boomgaarden, H. G. (2022). Exploring Engagement With EU News on Facebook: The Influence of Content Characteristics. Politics and Governance, 10(1), 121-132.
    • Lind, F., Eberl, J-M., Eisele, O., Heidenreich, T., Galyga, S., & Boomgaarden, H. G. (2022). Building the bridge: Topic modeling for comparative research. Communication Methods and Measures, 16, 96-114.


    • Mogollon, L., Eisele, O., & Paschou, M. (2021). Applied solidarity in times of crisis: exploring the contexts of civil society activities in Greece and Germany. Acta Politica, 56(2), 308-329.


    • Eisele, O. (2020). Falling on Deaf Ears? Exploring the Effects of Newspaper Coverage of the European Parliament on Public Support for it. Parliamentary Affairs, 73(1), 186-210.
    • Song, H., Eberl, J-M., & Eisele, O. (2020). Less fragmented than we thought? Toward clarification of a subdisciplinary linkage in communication science, 2010–2019. Journal of Communication, 70, 310-334.
    • Song, H., Tolochko, P., Eberl, J-M., Eisele, O., Greussing, E., Heidenreich, T., Lind, F., Galyga, S., & Boomgaarden, H. G. (2020). In validations we trust? The impact of imperfect human annotations as a gold atandard on the quality of validation of automated content analysis. Political Communication, 37(4), 550-572.


    • Brandle, V. K., & Eisele, O. (2019). Sharing Is Caring? Exploring the Relationship Between Preferences for Online Participation and Support for Solidarity Between EU Member States. American Behavioral Scientist, 63(4), 523-537.
    • Brandle, V. K., Eisele, O., & Trenz, H-J. (2019). Contesting European Solidarity during the "Refugee Crisis": A Comparative Investigation of Media Claims in Denmark, Germany, Greece and Italy. Mass Communication & Society, 22(6), 708-732.
    • Kurowska, A., Eisele, O., & Kiess, J. M. (2019). Welfare Attitudes and Expressions of (Trans)national Solidarity. American Behavioral Scientist, 63(4), 492-505.


    • Auel, K., Eisele, O., & Kinski, L. (2018). What Happens in Parliament Stays in Parliament? Newspaper Coverage of National Parliaments in EU Affairs. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56, 628-645.


    • Eisele, O. (2017). Complementing, competing, or co-operating? Exploring newspapers' portrayals of the European Parliament and national parliaments in EU affairs. Journal of European Integration, 39(4), 435-451.


    • Auel, K., Eisele, O., & Kinski, L. (2016). From constraining to catalysing dissensus? The impact of political contestation on parliamentary communication in EU affairs. Comparative European Politics, 14(2), 154-176.


    • Eisele, O., Heidenreich, T. & Boomgaarden, H. (2022). x-pr: A Dataset of 12 Years of eXecutives’ Press Releases. Austrian Social Science Data Archive (AUSSDA).
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