In Brief

Anamaria Dutceac Segesten is Senior Lecturer in European Studies at Lund University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Univeristy of Maryland (USA) and has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Research-wise, Dr. Dutceac Segesten has written extensively on the topic of nationalism, collective identity and conflict. She is currently driving several projects investigating the role of social media in democratic politics.

Keywords: social media, European politics, political communication, collective identity, democracy, elections, nationalism, East and Central Europe.

Her pedagogical experience covers European Union politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics and East and Central European politics. Dr. Dutceac Segesten is co-founder of the European Studies discipline at Lund University. She has taught at universities in the United States and Scandinavia, where she has supervised over 40 theses at the under and post-graduate levels. She has been twice nominated for university-wide pedagogical awards.

Dr. Dutceac Segesten has an extensive leadership experience. She is currently Director of Studies for Section 5 at the Center for Languages and Literatures, vice-chair of the interdisciplinary Center for European Studies, and Erasmus+ project manager for Lund University in a cooperation spanning eight universities in five countries.

Dr. Dutceac Segesten is an active member of the SamTech think-tank, founded at Lund University for the purpose of providing expert advice on how technology impacts society, and of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning network, which brings together engineers, data scientists, humanists, lawyers, and social scientists to discuss the development of AI and its practical, social, and ethical consequences.

She has received funding from the Crafoord Foundation, the Wahlgren Foundation, and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden’s largest private research fund). She is nominated as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow for 2019. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Communication Association, the European Consortium for Political Science and the European Communication Research and Education Association.

As a public intellectual, Dr. Dutceac Segesten has written numerous articles in the media and has been active in reaching out to the general public through public lectures and participation in popular science events. In her communication she has been helped by having served as political analyst for radio BBC World Service during her stay in the United States.


Scientific Publications

A list of ten representative scientific publications. Click on the DOI link to access the published versions of the articles. Contact me if you’d like a copy of the pre-print versions. For a full publication list click here.

2018  “Shouting at the Wall: Does Negativity Drive Ideological Cross-Posting in Brexit Facebook Comments?” (together with Michael Bossetta, Chris Zimmerman, and Duje Bonacci). Proceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Social Media & Society. DOI: 10.1145/3217804.3217922 BIg data analysis of emotions in Facebook comments on Brexit. Findings reveal that anger is more prevalent among Pro-Leave supporters who are by far the most active commenters. Anger plays a role in online political mobilization.

2017    “Political Participation on Facebook during Brexit: Does User Engagement on Media Pages Stimulate Engagement with Campaigns”, (with Michael Bossetta and Hans-Jörg Trenz) Journal of Language & Politics, November 2017, pp. 1-22. DOI: 10.1075/jlp.17009.dut Big data analysis of cross-posting comment patterns reveals positive correlation between political interest and online participation on Facebook but limited effect in the reverse direction.

2017    “The Eurosceptic Europeanization of Public Spheres: Print and Social Media Reactions to the 2014 European Parliament Elections” (with Michael Bossetta) Comparative European Politics, June 2017, pp. 1-19. DOI: 10.1057/s41295-017-0099-5 The comparison of Swedish and Danish newspaper and social media spheres reporting on the EP elections reveals that discourses about Euroscepticism are more Europeanised than the rest of the election results coverage. Europeanization through contestation.

2017    “Engaging with European Politics through Twitter and Facebook: Participation beyond the National?”, (with Hans-Jörg Trenz and Michael Bossetta), in Social Media and European Politics: Rethinking Power and Legitimacy in the Digital Era. Asimina Michailidou and Mauro Barisione (eds.) Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 53-76.  DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-59890-5_3 Theoretical piece exploring the participation and transnational promises of social media. Develops the idea of 5 degrees of engagement online, from least to most active (listening, liking, sharing, commenting and posting).

2016    “A Typology of Political Engagement Online: How Citizens and CSO’s used Twitter to Mobilize in the 2015 British General Elections” (with Michael Bossetta) Information, Communication & Society, 20:11, pp. 1625-43. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2016.1252413 The article looks at the Twitter activity around the British GE2015 and finds that citizens, not parties, are the most active mobilizers. The most active citizens are supporters of nationalist parties.

2016    “Memory Studies: The State of an Emergent Field” (with Jenny Wüstenberg), Memory Studies 10:4, pp. 474-89. DOI: 10.1177/1750698016655394 Building on the concept of interdisciplinarity, the paper proposes a model of institutionalization of new academic disciplines and uses a survey to test it on the recent field of memory studies.

2010    “Europe at the Margins: How Europe Appears in History Textbooks from Serbia and Romania” in Benjamin Drechsel and Claus Leggewie (eds.) United in Visual Diversity. Images and Counter-Images of Europe. Transaction Press/Studienverlag, pp. 131-142. ISBN: 978-3-7065-4860-1. Analysis of textual and visual representations of Europe in history textbooks, showing that Europe has been described in an idealized manner that justified the strategy of Europeanization of the two states studied.

2004    “Globalization and Ethnic Conflict: Beyond the Liberal – Nationalist Distinction”, Global Review of Ethnopolitics, 3:2, pp. 20-34. The article asks what is the consequence of globalization for ethnic conflict. It demonstrates, using the example of regional integration in Europe, that, contrary to the myth of global chaos, ethnic conflict does not flare up more under globalized conditions.