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Prof. Dr. Stine Eckert

Stine Eckert
Image Credit: Jerone Anderson

Journalism Studies

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Guest scientist


since 2020 - Associate Professor. Department of Communication, Wayne State University

2014-2020 - Assistant Professor. Department of Communication, Wayne State University

2010-2014 - Graduate Assistant. Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

2008-2009 - Graduate Assistant. E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University

2010-2014 - Promotion zum Ph.D. Journalism Studies, University of Maryland.

2012-2013 - Certificate. Graduate Women’s Studies, University of Maryland

2008-2009 - Master of Science. Broadcast Journalism, Ohio University

2007-2008 - Volontariat. WOUB Radio & TV. Athens, Ohio University

2002-2008 - Diplom. Journalism Studies and American Studies, University Leipzig      


  • International Communication Association (ICA), Feminist Scholarship Division, Journalism Studies Division
  • Chair.(Sprecherin). Helen Award Committee for Emerging Feminist Scholarship. Feminist Scholarship Division, International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Commission on the Status of Women, International Communication Division
  • Mitglied des Boards des Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, Wayne State University
  • Mitglied des Editorial Boards von Journal of Social Media in Society
  • Mitglied des Editorial Boards von Ada – A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology

Prof. Dr. Stine Eckerts courses do not take place in winter term 2021/22. 

Research areas

  • Digitalization and New Media 
  • Public Spheres and Counter Publics
  • Journalism Studies
  • Gender Media Studies
  • Minorities and Media

Current research projects

2017-2023 - Digitalization, diversity and leadership: Intersectional analysis of newsroom dynamics through the eyes of journalists in Germany. Funding by DAAD.

2019-2023 - Structural responses to doxxing and online abuse on the policy and cultural level.

2020-2023 - NSF ADVANCE Adaptation Grant (National Science Foundation). Gender Equity Advances Retention in STEM (WSU-GEARS). Co-PI. Project management: Workload Equity Tool Project.

2019-2022 - Impact of #metoo on U.S. news coverage of academic sexual harassment in U.S. academia with alleged employee perpetrators. Funding by Humanities Center, Wayne State University.

Finished research projects

2019-2020 - Fake news: U.S. journalists’ definitions, responses and differentiation strategies. Förderung durch Summer Research Grant College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Wayne State University.

2018-2020 - Doxxing and online harassment: shock and normalization of gendered online/offline harassment. Funding by Förderung  Wayne State University Programm for Graduate Assistants.

2016-2019 - Muslim social media users and Islamophobia during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign and Donald Trump’s first hundred days in office.

2016-2017 - U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). International Institute for Education (IIE). Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance Grant PI. Keyword: Synthesizing evidence on increasing the civic and political participation of women in developing countries.

2016-2017 - Feminist uses of niche and mainstream social media.

2015-2016 - World Health Health Organization (WHO). Stichwort: Evidence Syntheses to Support the Guideline on Emergency Risk Communication. Co-PI. Leitung Teilprojekt: Social media and health-related disaster communication.

2013-2017 - Wikid GRRLs: Teaching girls online skills in Maryland and Detroit public schools. Funding by Future of Information Alliance, University of Maryland und Wayne State University.

2015-2016 - How to cover rape: U.S. journalists’ critique of Rolling Stone’s campus rape story.

2014-2015 - Lost in a house of mirrors: U.S. journalists come to terms with myth and reality.

2013-2014 - Stuck in first gear: the case of the German political “blogosphere".

2012-2013 - Wikipedia’s gender gap and responses to coverage of the gender gap in U.S. news media.

2011-2013 - German Muslim bloggers as an emerging counterpublic.

2012-2014 - Digital rooms of their own: Women’s voices online about the politics of women, family, and maternity in four Western democracies.

2012-2013 - The Guttenberg plagiarism case: myth through Germany’s leading news magazines. 

2008-2009 - Use of the internet for international news: A comparative content analysis of the television evening newscasts and web videos of the U.S. stations PBS and NBC and the German stations ARD and RTL.

Editorial Work 

Eckert, S., & Bachmann, I. (Hrsg.) (2022). Reflections on feminist communication and media scholarship: Theory, method, impact. Routledge.

Journal Articels

Lean, S., Eckert, S., Jun, K.-N. LaCouture, M., Gerring, N., Walter, A., & Liu, J. (2021). Strengthening women’s civic and political participation in the developing world: A synthesis of the scholarly literature. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 22(9), 190-206. https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss9/13

Germic, E., Eckert, S., & Vultee, F. (2021). The impact of Instagram mommy blogger content on the perceived self-efficacy of mothers. Social Media & Society. doi: 10.1177/20563051211041649

Sopory, P., Novak, J. M., Day, A. M., Eckert, S., Wilkins, L., Padgett, D. R., Noyes, J. P., Allen, T., Alexander, N., Vanderford, M. L., Gamhewage, G. M. (2021). Trust and public health emergency events: A mixed-methods systematic review. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 1-21. doi:10.1017/dmp.2021.105

Jahng, R. M., Eckert, S., & Metzger-Riftkin, J. (2021). Defending the profession: U.S. journalists’ role understanding in the era of fake news. Journalism Practice. Online First: April 28, 2021.https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2021.1919177

Eckert, S., & Assmann, K. (2021). ProQuote: A German women journalists’ initiative to revolutionize newsroom leadership. Feminist Media Studies. Online First.doi: 10.1080/14680777.2021.1881984

Eckert, S., & Riftkin-Metzger, J. (2020). Doxxing, privacy and gendered harassment. The shock and normalization of veillance cultures. M&K Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, 68(3), 273-287. doi: 10.5771/1615-634X-2020-3-273

Coco, S. L., & Eckert, S. (2020). #sponsored: Consumer insights on social media influencer marketing. Public Relations Inquiry, 9(2), 177-194. doi: 10.1177/2046147X20920816

Sopory, P., Novak, J. M., Day, A. M., Eckert, S., Wilkins, L., Padgett, D. R., Noyes, J. P., Allen, T., Alexander, N., Vanderford, M. L., Gamhewage, G. M. (forthcoming). Trust and public health emergency events: A mixed-methods systematic review. Accepted for publication by peer-reviewed Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 

Eckert, S., Metzger-Riftkin, J., Kolhoff, S., & O’Shay-Wallace, S. (2019). A hyper differential counterpublic: Muslim social media users and Islamophobia during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. New Media & Society, 23(1), 78-98. doi 10.1177/1461444819892283

Novak, J, Day, A., Sopory, P., Wilkins, L., Padgett, D. R., Eckert, S. et al. (2019). Engaging communities in emergency risk and crisis communication: A systematic review and evidence synthesis. Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication, 2(1), 61-96. doi:10.30658/jicrcr.2.1.4

Eckert, S. (2018). Fighting for recognition: Online abuse of women bloggers in Germany, Switzerland, the UK and US. New Media & Society, 20(4), 1282-1302. doi: 10.1177/1461444816688457

Eckert, S., Metzger-Riftkin, J., & Nurmis, J. (2018). Teaching girls online skills: Results of the Wikid Grrls intervention. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 10(3), 20-42. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2018-10-3-2

Eckert, S., O’Shay Wallace, S., Metzger-Riftkin, J., & Kolhoff, S. (2018). “The best damn representation of Islam:” Muslims, gender, social media and Islamophobia in the United States. CyberOrient, 12(1), 4-30.

Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2018). Sexual harassment in media education. Communication, Culture & Critique, 11(3), 484-488. doi:10.1093/ccc/tcy017

Sopory, P., Day, A. M., Novak, J., Eckert, S., Wilkins, L., Padgett, D. R., Noyes, J., Barakji F A.-R., Liu, J., & Fowler, B. (2018). Communicating uncertainty during public health emergency events: A systematic review. Review of Communication Research, 7. doi: 10.12840/ISSN.2255-4165.019

Eckert, S. (2017). Fluid public clusters in Western democracies: Political women bloggers in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. Blue Book of Media and Gender. Report on the Development of Media and Gender in China (2015-2016), 229-272.

Eckert, S., Sopory, P., Day, A., Wilkins, L., Padgett, D., Novak, J., Noyes, J., Allen, T., Alexander, N., Vanderford, M., & Gamhewage, G. (2017). Health-related disaster communication and social media: a mixed-method synthesis. Health Communication, 33(12), 1389-1400. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1351278

LaPoe, V., Carter, C. O., & Eckert, S. (2017). “LinkedIn is my office; Facebook my living room, Twitter the neighborhood bar”: Media scholars' liminal use of social media for peer and public communication. Journal of Communication Inquiry. doi: 10.1177/0196859917707741

Eckert. S. (2015). The Guttenberg plagiarism case: myth through Germany’s leading news magazines, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 39(3), 249-272. doi: 10.1177/0196859914565365

Koliska, M., & Eckert, S. (2015). Lost in a house of mirrors: Journalists come to terms with myth and reality. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 16(6), 750-767. doi: 10.1177/1464884914537778

Eckert, S., Chadha, K., & Koliska, M. (2014). Stuck in first gear: the case of the German political “blogosphere.” International Journal of Communication, 8, 628-645.

Eckert, S., & Chadha, K. (2013). Muslim bloggers in Germany: an emergent counterpublic. Media, Culture & Society, 35(8), 926-942.

Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2013). (Re)triggering backlash: responses to news of Wikipedia’s gender gap, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 37(4), 284-303.

Book Chapters

Eckert, S., & Metzger-Riftkin, J. (2020). Doxing. In Ross K., Bachmann, I., Cardo, V., Moorti, S., & Scarcelli, M. (Eds.), International encyclopedia on gender, media and communication. Wiley Blackwell. Online First. doi:10.1002/9781119429128.iegmc009

Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2019). #metoo: Millennial responses to campus sexual harassment. In Strawser, M. G. (Ed.), Leading millennial faculty; navigating the new professoriate. Lexington.

Eckert, S., Carter Olson, C. S., & LaPoe, V. L. (2018). Digital communication as a promotion building community? Scholars’ use of social media for peer communication. In LaPoe, V. L., Carter Olson, C. S., & LaPoe, B. R. (Eds.), Underserved communities and digital discourse. Getting voices heard (pp. 57-76). Lexington.

Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2018). Teaching girls online skills for knowledge projects: A research-based feminist intervention. In: Harp, D., Loke, J., & Bachmann, I. (Eds.), Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research (pp. 219-235). Palgrave Macmillan. 

Steiner, L. & Eckert, S. (2017). The potential of feminist Twitter. In Lind, R. (Ed.) Race and gender in electronic media: Challenges and opportunities (pp. 213-230). Routledge. 

Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2016). “Feminist uses of social media.” In Novak, A. N, & El-Burki, I. J. (Eds.) Defining identity and the changing scope of culture in the digital age (pp. 210-229). IGI Global.

Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2013), “Wikipedia’s gender gap”. In Armstrong C. (Ed.) Media disparity: A gender battleground (pp. 87-98). Lexington.

Scientific Reports for Organisations

World Health Organization. (2017). Communication risk in public health emergencies. A WHO Guideline for Emergency Risk Communication (ERC) policy and practice. https://www.who.int/risk-communication/guidance/download/en/

Eckert, S., Gerring, N., Jun, K.-N., Lean, S. F., Lacouture, M., Liu, J., & Walter, A. (2017). Strengthening women’s civic and political participation: A synthesis of the scholarly literature. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). https://www.iie.org/Research-and-Insights/Publications/DFG-WSU-Publication

Eckert, S. (2016). Feministische Diskurse im Netz: Potentiale und Herausforderungen. Beitrag für Webseite des Ministeriums für Gesundheit, Emanzipation, Pflege und Alter NRW.


Eckert, S., Hendrickson, T., Brumley, K., Papuga, S. A., Johnson, L., Yaprak, E., Kacin, S., & Baltes, B. (2021). How to launch a newly funded gender equity project during COVID-19: Wayne State University GEARS. IEEE Teaching Excellence Hub. Open Access: https://teaching.ieee.org/how-to-launch-a-newly-funded-gender-equity-project-during-covid-19-wayne-state-universitys-nsf-gears-project/

Metzger-Riftkin, J., Albrehi, F., Akhther, N., Harb, F., Steiner, L., & Eckert, S. (2020). Academic sexual misconduct on U.S. campuses – Arising questions and concerns about the Practice of mandatory reporting. Media Report to Women, 48(3), 6-11 & 20-21.

Eckert, S., & Steiner, L. (2016). How to cover rape: U.S. journalists’ critique of Rolling Stone’s campus rape story. Media Report to Women, 44(4), 12-21.

Scientific Communication (Third Mission/Public Scholarship)

Eckert, S. (2017). Fighting online abuse shouldn’t be up to the victims. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/fighting-online-abuse-shouldnt-be-up-to-the-victims-87426 

Eckert, S. (2017). Net neutrality – too neutral on online abuse. Gender Policy Report. University of Minnesota. http://genderpolicyreport.umn.edu/net-neutrality-too-neutral-on-online-abuse/

Eckert, S. (2017). Doxing ist vielleicht die komplexeste Form von Hass im Netz. Missy Magazine. http://missy-magazine.de/blog/2017/07/28/doxing-ist-vielleicht-die-komplexeste-form-von-hass-im-netz/

Eckert, S. (2016). TheWikid GRRLs project: Teaching online skills to teenage girls. Website of the University of Maryland Future of Information Alliance website. http://fia.umd.edu/wikid-grrls/

Eckert, S. (2015). “Sicherer bloggen und tweeten.” In: Köver, C., Eismann, S., & Burger, D. (Eds.), Hack’s selbst! Digitales do it yourself für Mädchen, (pp.130-132). Weinheim, Germany.

Eckert, S. (2014). Eigene digitale Räume – Von guten und schlechten Erfahrungen von Bloggerinnen. Kleinerdrei Blog. 20. Juni 2014. http://kleinerdrei.org/2014/06/eigene-digitale-raeume-von-guten-und-schlechten-erfahrungen-von-bloggerinnen/

Eckert, S. (2014). Frauenstimmen im Netz – Nationale Kontexte in Deutschland, der Schweiz, den USA und Großbritannien. Denkerinnen Blog. 23. Juni 2014. http://denkerinnen.de/frauenstimmen-im-netz/

Eckert, S. (2014). Frauenstimmen im Netz. Frauenblog Schweiz. 30. Juni 2014. http://www.frauenblog.ch/2014/06/30/frauenstimmen-im-netz/

Eckert, S. (2014). Leitfaden fürs Bloggen | Guidelines for Blogging. Auf Englisch und Deutsch. http://safeblogging.wordpress.com/about/

Eckert, S. (2013). The Wikid GRRLs project: Learning outcomes of a project leader. The Faculty Voice. http://imerrill.umd.edu/facultyvoice1/?p=2927