Photographer: Katjana Gattermann

dr. K. (Katjana) Gattermann

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    CW : Political Communication & Journalism
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Room number: C8.00
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15791
    1001 NG  Amsterdam

Katjana Gattermann is assistant professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research ( ASCoR) within the Program Group ‘Political Communication and Journalism’. Her research interests comprise political communication and journalism, political behaviour, public opinion and legislative behaviour in the European Union. Her work feeds into debates about the legitimacy and accountability of politics within and across the EU. She has recently been awarded a VENI grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her VENI project ‘Facing Europe: The personalization of European Union politics in news coverage and its consequences for democracy‘. 

Katjana is also affiliated with the  Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE) and the Center for Politics and Communication (CPC). She was previously postdoctoral researcher for ACCESS EUROPE; and before that postdoc at the  Jean Monnet Chair of Prof Wolfgang Wessels, Political Science Department, University of Cologne, where she was member of the former internationally collaborative research project  ‘Observatory of Parliaments after Lisbon’ (OPAL). Furthermore, Katjana is founding director of the Erasmus Academic Network on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe ( PADEMIA), which brings together 56 research and teaching institutes from all over Europe. In addition, she is co-editor of the LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series ( LEQS), published by the LSE European Institute.

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Key publications

Gattermann, K., de Vreese, C.H. and van der Brug, W. (2016). Evaluations of the Spitzenkandidaten: The Role of Information and News Exposure in Citizens’ Preference Formation, Politics and Governance, 4(1), 37-54 [Open Access]

Gattermann, K. & Vasilopoulou, S. (2015).  Absent yet popular? Explaining news visibility of Members of the European Parliament.  European Journal of Political Research, 54 (1), 121-140 (2013 ISI IMPACT FACTOR: 2.152)

Gattermann, K. (2013).  News about the European Parliament: Patterns and external drivers of broadsheet coverage.  European Union Politics, 14 (3), 436-457 (2013 ISI IMPACT FACTOR: 2.036)

Vasilopoulou, S. & Gattermann, K. (2013).  Matching policy preferences: the linkage between voters and MEPs.  Journal of European Public Policy, 20 (4), 606-605 (2013 ISI IMPACT FACTOR: 1.36)


Key blog posts

Gattermann, K. and Vasilopoulou, S. (2015). Newspapers care more about who our MEPs are than about what they do in the European Parliament, PSA Blog. 3 March 2015  

Gattermann, K. (2013). European broadsheets pay regular attention to the European Parliament between EU elections, LSE European Politics and Policy Blog (EUROPP). 30 May 2013








  • K. Gattermann & S Vasilopoulou (2017). Eurosceptic candidate MEPs in the news: a transnational perspective. In J Fitzgibbon, B Leruth & N Startin (Eds.), Euroscepticism as a transnational and pan-European phenomenon: The emergence of a new sphere of opposition (pp. 130-146). Abingdon: Routledge.





  • K. Gattermann (2015). [Review of the book Between-election democracy: the representative relationship after election day]. West European Politics, 38(3), 746-747.
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