Frank Esser (PhD 1997, University of Mainz) is Professor of International & Comparative Media Research in the Department of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. He was assistant professor at the University of Mainz and the University of Missouri (Columbia), and visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma (Norman), University of Texas (Austin) and the University of California (San Diego).
His research focuses on cross-national studies of news journalism and political communication. He has published ten books including “Comparing Political Communication” (Cambridge University Press, 2004), “Handbook of Comparative Communication Research” (Routledge, 2012), and “Mediatization of Politics” (Palgrave, 2014) and over one hundred book chapters and journal articles. Frank is on the editorial boards of Journalism, International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research and Political Communication, and served as Chair of the Journalism Studies Division of ICA and the Political Communication Section of ECREA. In Zurich he is co-director of the NCCR Democracy, a National Center of Competence in Democracy Research funded by the Swiss Science Foundation that studies the impact of globalization and mediatization.
More information can be found on his website.