Aleksandra Polińska-Nestmann worked at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) from November 2021 untill October 2022. Working as a Junior Researcher in Media Economics, she was involved in the international, EU-funded “Euromedia Ownership Monitor
” project which is creating a central database for information on media ownership in 15 member states of the European Union.
In addition to media ownership and concentration, Aleksandra’s research foci include dynamics of the public dis/trust of news media, especially in the context of political conflicts and polarization.
Aleksandra received her B.A. in English Philology from Warsaw School of Applied Linguistics and M.A. in American Studies from American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, Poland.
In October 2017, she joined the Graduiertenkolleg “Authority and Trust in American Culture, Society, History, and Politics” (GKAT), an interdisciplinary research training group at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) where she accomplished her doctorate in December 2021.
In her PhD dissertation, Aleksandra investigated the mechanisms of public distrust of the institutional news media in the United States and provided original insights into its ideologically asymmetrical nature.