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Dr M. (Michael) Hameleers

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Political Communication & Journalism

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:C8.00
Postal address
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Michael Hameleers (Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 2017) is Assistant Professor in Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His research interests include framing, populism, selective exposure and attitudinal congruent persuasion. These interests can be divided into two key lines of research. 

    The first line of research focuses on the intersections between populism and the media. In the midst of the global rise of populist parties, this research agenda aims to offer new insights into the role of the media in the persuasiveness and electoral success of populism.

    A second and related line of research focuses on the intersections between important developments in political communication and journalism: online citizen-generated communication, selective exposure, (affective) polarization and fake news. 

    To provide in-depth insights in the phenomena described above, quantitative research is supplemented by qualitative research that aims to dissect the meanings and constructions of citizens’ media use and preferences.  

  • Publications

    2022

    • Hameleers, M. (2022). Populist disinformation in fragmented information settings: Understanding the nature and persuasiveness of populist and post-factual communication. (Routledge Studies in Media, Communication, and Politics). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003194668 [details]

    2021

    2020

    2019

    • Hameleers, M. (2019). They Caused our Crisis! The Contents and Effects of Populist Communication: Evidence from the Netherlands. In O. Feldman, & S. Zmerli (Eds.), The Psychology of Political Communicators: How Politicians, Culture, and the Media Construct and Shape Public Discourse (pp. 79-98). (Routledge Studies in Political Psychology; Vol. 6). Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429947308/chapters/10.4324%2F9780429487897-5 [details]
    • Hameleers, M. (2019). Partisan Media, Polarized Audiences? A Qualitative Analysis of Online Political News and Responses in the United States, U.K., and The Netherlands. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 31(3), 485-505. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edy022 [details]
    • Hameleers, M. (2019). Putting Our Own People First: The Content and Effects of Online Right-wing Populist Discourse Surrounding the European Refugee Crisis. Mass Communication & Society, 22(6), 804-826. https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2019.1655768 [details]
    • Hameleers, M. (2019). Susceptibility to mis- and disinformation and the effectiveness of fact-checkers: Can misinformation be effectively combated? Studies in Communication I Media (SCM), 8(4), 523-546. https://doi.org/10.5771/2192-4007-2019-4-523 [details]
    • Hameleers, M. (2019). The populism of online communities: Constructing the boundary between “blameless” people and “culpable” others. Communication, Culture & Critique, 12(1), 147-165. https://doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcz009 [details]
    • Hameleers, M. (2019). To like is to support? The effects and mechanisms of selective exposure to online populist communication on voting preferences. International Journal of Communication : IJoC, 13, 2417–2436. [details]
    • Hameleers, M., Andreadis, I., & Reinemann, C. (2019). Investigating the effects of populist communication: Design and measurement of the comparative experimental study. In C. Reinemann, J. Stanyer, T. Aalberg, F. Esser, & C. H. de Vreese (Eds.), Communicating populism: Comparing actor perceptions, media coverage, and effects on citizens in Europe (pp. 168-182). (Routledge Studies in Media, Communication, and Politics). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429402067-9 [details]
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2019). Shoot the messenger? The media’s role in framing populist attributions of blame. Journalism, 20(9), 1145-1164. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884917698170 [details]
    • Hameleers, M., Reinemann, C., Schmuck, D., & Fawzi, N. (2019). The persuasiveness of populist communication: Conceptualizing the effects and political consequences of populist communication from a social identity perspective. In C. Reinemann, J. Stanyer, T. Aalberg, F. Esser, & C. H. de Vreese (Eds.), Communicating populism: Comparing actor perceptions, media coverage, and effects on citizens in Europe (pp. 143-167). (Routledge Studies in Media, Communication, and Politics). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429402067-8 [details]

    2018

    2017

    • Hameleers, M., & Schmuck, D. (2017). It’s Us against Them: A Comparative Experiment on the Effects of Populist Messages Communicated via Social Media. Information, Communication & Society, 20(9), 1425-1444. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1328523 [details]
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2017). The Appeal of Media Populism: The Media Preferences of Citizens With Populist Attitudes. Mass Communication & Society, 20(4), 481-504. https://doi.org/10.1080/15205436.2017.1291817 [details]
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2017). The Netherlands: A heartland full of insights into populist communication. In T. Aalberg, F. Esser, C. Reinemann, J. Strömbäck, & C. H. de Vreese (Eds.), Populist Political Communication in Europe (pp. 138-150). (Routledge Research in Communication Studies; Vol. 1). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315623016 [details]
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2017). “They did it”: The effects of emotionalized blame attribution in populist communication. Communication Research, 44(6), 870-900. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650216644026 [details]

    2020

    2021

    2019

    2020

    • Boukes, M., & Hameleers, M. (2020). #Hoedan: The effect of Zondag met Lubach exposure on support for PVV in the 2017 elections. Paper presented at Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap 2020, .
    • Boukes, M., & Hameleers, M. (2020). Shattering populists’ rhetoric with satire at election times. Paper presented at 70th International Communication Association Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
    • Hameleers, M. (2020). Informatie pollutie in digitale samenlevingen: Populisme, desinformatie en de spiraal van post-truth politics. Paper presented at Staatsrechtconferentie 2020, .

    2019

    • Hameleers, M. (2019). Putting our own people first: The content and effects of online right-wing populist discourse surrounding the European refugee crisis. Abstract from International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, United States.
    • Hameleers, M., & van der Meer, G. L. A. (2019). Fight or flight? Attributing responsibility in response to mixed congruent and incongruent partisan news in selective exposure media environments. Abstract from International Communication Association (ICA), San Diego, United States.
    • Hameleers, M., van der Meer, G. L. A., & Powell, T. E. (2019). A picture paints a thousand lies? The effects and mechanisms of multimodal disinformation and rebuttals disseminated via social media. Abstract from International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, United States.
    • Vliegenthart, R., & Hameleers, M. (2019). The rise of a populist zeitgeist? A content analysis of populist media coverage in newspapers published between 1990 and 2017. Abstract from International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, United States.
    • van der Meer, G. L. A., Hameleers, M., & Kroon, A. C. (2019). Crafting our own biased media diets: The effects of confirmation, negativity, and hostility on selective attendance to online news.. Abstract from Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, Nijmegen, .
    • van der Meer, G. L. A., Hameleers, M., & Kroon, A. C. (2019). How we create our own biased information environment: The effect of confirmation, negativity, and hostility on selective attendance to online news. Abstract from International Communication Association (ICA), Washington, United States.

    2018

    • Hameleers, M. (2018). Closer to the people. A comparative content analysis of online populist communication at election and routine periods.. Abstract from ICA, Prague, Czech Republic.
    • Hameleers, M. (2018). Partisan media, polarized audiences? A comparative qualitative analysis of online political news and responses in the U.S., U.K., and the Netherlands.. Abstract from ICA, Prague, Czech Republic.
    • Hameleers, M. (2018). Start spreading the news: A comparative experiment on the effects of populist communication on political participation in 16 European countries. Abstract from ICA, Prague, Czech Republic.

    2017

    • Hameleers, M. (2017). A typology of populism: Towards a new theoretical framework on the sender-side and receiver-side of communication. Abstract from 67th International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, United States.
    • Hameleers, M. (2017). It’s us against them: A comparative experiment on the effects of populist messages communicated via social media. Abstract from 67th International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, United States.
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2017). Shoot the messenger? The media’s role in framing populist attributions of blame. Abstract from 67th International Communication Association Conference, San Diego, United States.

    2016

    • Hameleers, M. (2016). The Appeal of Media Populism. Abstract from Conference of the COST Action on mediated populism in Cracow, 2016, .
    • Hameleers, M. (2016). The populism of online communities: constructing the boundary between the heartland and polluting others. Paper presented at Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2016). Don't Shoot the Messenger? The Media's Role in Covering and Framing Populist Attributions of Blame. Abstract from ECREA Conference 2016, Prague, .
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2016). The appeal of media populism: The media preferences of citizens with populist attitudes. Paper presented at 66th International Communication Association Conference, Fukuoka, Japan.

    2015

    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2015). "They did it": The effects of emotionalized blame attribution as a populist communication strategy. Abstract from Paper presented at the European Political Science Association, Vienna, Austria, .
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2015). To whom are "the people" opposed? Conceptualizing and measuring the populist attitude as a multidimensional construct. Abstract from Paper presented at the ECREA Political Communication Conference, Odense, Denmark, .

    2014

    • Hameleers, M., & van der Goot, M. J. (2014). Transparency in qualitative research: Lessons from studies recently published in communication journals.. Abstract from Paper presented at the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, Wageningen, .
    • Hameleers, M., Bos, L., & de Vreese, C. H. (2014). Research on populist political communication in the Netherlands.. Abstract from Paper presented at the COST-1308, Populist Political Communication in Europe: Comprehending the Challenge of mediated Political Populism for Democratic Politics working group meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, .

    Media appearance

    • Hameleers, M. (28-10-2020). KRO/NCRV pointer TV show [Television] KRO/NCRV Pointer. Disinformation campaigns and effects.
    • Hameleers, M. (28-10-2020). Spraakmakers - on disinformation [Radio] NPO Radio 1. Trolls in the U.S/Dutch elections.
    • Hameleers, M. (29-04-2020). Waarom er zoveel nepnieuws rondgaat over het coronavirus op sociale media [Television] Kro/ncrv Pointer. Disinformation in times of corona.
    • Hameleers, M. (13-07-2019). Populistisch taalgebruik toegenomen in kranten [Radio] Radio 1 (NPO radio 1). Populist zeitgeist.
    • Hameleers, M. (10-07-2019). Ruime verdubbeling van populistisch taalgebruik in vijf grootste Nederlandse kranten Pointer. Populism in the press.
    • Hameleers, M. (16-01-2019). Populistisch taalgebruik door Rutte [Television] NPO 1/Avrotros. Populist language by mainstream actors.
    • Hameleers, M. (14-01-2019). De Amsterdamse 'elite' is voor Rutte een populair doelwit [Print] Het Parool. Referenties naar de elite.
    • Hameleers, M. (21-06-2017). Media bevorderen populisme in beperkte mate [Print] Reformatorisch Dagblad. Media bevorderen populisme in beperkte mate.

    Talk / presentation

    • Hameleers, M. (keynote speaker) (14-6-2018). The pervasiveness and persuasiveness of populist media content, University of Zurich.
    • Hameleers, M. (speaker) (18-4-2018). ARENA Workshop (Centre for European Studies): Challenges to democracy in Europe, ARENA Workshop (Centre for European Studies): Challenges to democracy in Europe.
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