I am a researcher affiliated to the programme group Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance. In the academic year 2018-19 I am holding a research fellowship of the Open Technology Fund. My research interests include media and political transformations, digital media activism, and the politics of internet control and governance, with a particular focus on Iran and the Middle East.
From 2014-2017 I was a postdoc researcher in the UvA research project "Authoritarianism in a Global Age", funded by the ERC. I obtained my PhD in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Erfurt (Germany) with a dissertation on the role of the internet in Iran’s process of political change. I have a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Université de Provence (France), and I have lived and worked for several years in Iran and Pakistan.
Glasius, M. & Michaelsen, M. (2018). Illiberal and Authoritarian Practices in the Digital Sphere. International Journal of Communication 12.
Michaelsen, M. (2018) Exit and Voice in a Digital Age: Iran's Exiled Activists and the Authoritarian State. Globalizations 15 (2).