Dr. Leonie Schmidt is Associate Professor in the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests cover the fields of post/decolonial studies, ecomedia and green cultural studies, popular culture & religion, and elemental media. Leonie is the author of Islamic Modernities in Southeast Asia: Exploring Indonesian Popular and Visual Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). In her NWO Rubicon & Veni-projects, conducted at SOAS in London (2016-2019), she analyzed how in Indonesia an 'Islamic counterterror culture’ has emerged. Her research shows how popular culture negotiates and contests ‘Islamic radicalization', while complicating simplistic views of 'radicalization'. Her current research explores how religious movements in the Global South use media to combat climate change and creatively contribute to sustainable solutions. Leonie has been teaching a wide variety of courses in the Media Studies department since 2009. Leonie supervises several Ph.D. students and currently directs the Television and Cross-Media Culture master. She is also a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy.
Ph.D. in Media Studies, 2014, University of Amsterdam.
Research Master in Media Studies, cum laude, 2007-2009, University of Amsterdam.
Bachelor in Media & Culture, cum laude, 2004-2007, University of Amsterdam.