1997-2003 Master's degree in Communication and Media Studies, Russian Studies and Pedagogics at the University of Leipzig.
2005-2006 Research Associate in the third-party funded project »Quality monitoring in print journalism« at the University of Leipzig.
2006-2012 Research Associate at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, among others in the DFG-funded project »Political Value Frames in News Reporting and their Effects in the Interplay with Individual and Contextual Determinants of Electoral Behavior«.
2011 Doctoral thesis on the topic »Everyday Rationality in Journalism. Individual and organizational influences on journalistic news decisions« at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
2012-2014 Research Associate in the BMBF-project »Analysis of Discourses in Social Media« at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich.
2014-2015 Guest Professor for Empirical Methods of Communication Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
2015-2019 Principal Investigator of the DFG-funded project »Deliberative Interactions in User Comments« at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.
Since October 2016 Professor for Communication with a focus on Empirical Methods at Friedrich Schiller University Jena.