Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Photographer: Marcus Michaelsen

dr. M. (Marcus) Michaelsen

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Room number: B9.15
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15578
    1001 NB  Amsterdam

I am a lecturer and researcher in the programme group Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance. My research interests include media and political transformations, digital media activism, and the politics of internet 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.  In 2013, my dissertation was nominated for the annual German dissertation award (Deutscher Studienpreis) granted by the Körber foundation. 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.

Latest publications:

Far Away, So Close: Transnational Activism, Digital Surveillance and Authoritarian Control in Iran. Surveillance & Society, Vol. 15 (3/4). 2017.

Exit and Voice in a Digital Age: Iran's Exiled Activists and the Authoritarian State. Globalizations, December 2016, online first.



  • Michaelsen, M. (2017). Far Away, So Close: Transnational Activism, Digital Surveillance and Authoritarian Control in Iran. Surveillance & Society, 15(3-4), 465-470.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2016). Exit and Voice in the Digital Age: Iran's Exiled Activists and the Authoritarian State. Globalizations. DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2016.1263078 


  • Michaelsen, M. (2015). The Politics of Online Journalism in Iran. In Babak Rahimi & David Faris (Ed.), Socia Media in Iran: Politics and Society after 2009 (pp. 101-122). Albany: SUNY Press.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2008). Iran. Media System. In Wolfgang Donsbach (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Communication Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2006). Howze en ligne: La vitrine virtuelle des clercs de Qom. Reseaux, The French Journal of Communication, 24(135-136).


  • Glasius, M., de Lange, M., Bartman, J., Dalmasso, E., Lv, A., Del Sordi, A., ... Ruijgrok, K. (2018). Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-68966-1 


  • Michaelsen, M. (2015). Beyond the ‘Twitter Revolution’: Digital Media and Political Change in Iran. In P. Weibel (Ed.), Global Activism. Art and Conflict in the 21st Century (pp. 384-395). Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Michaelsen, M. (2015). Changing Media Practices in a Digital Age: An Introduction. In N. Schneider, & C. Richter (Eds.), New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World (pp. 307-318). Baden-Baden: Nomos.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2014). Creating Critical Counterpublics: Digital Media in Pakistan's Media Landscape. In Christoph Schmidt (Ed.), Pakistan's Media Landscape: The Effects of Liberalization Leipzig: Vistas.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2013). Wir sind die Medien: Internet und politischer Wandel in Iran. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2011). Linking up for Change: The Internet and Social Movements in Iran. In Nadja-Christina Schneider, & Bettina Gräf (Eds.), Social Dynamics 2.0: Researching Change in Times of Media Convergence Berlin: Frank & Timme Verlag.


  • Michaelsen, M. (Author). (2014). Wer jetzt Druck fordert, versteht den Iran nicht!. Web publication/site, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2012). [Review of: J. Kelly, B. Etling. Mapping Iran’s Online Public: Politics and Culture in the Iranian Blogosphere.]. Iranian Studies, 45(2).


  • Michaelsen, M. (2011). New Media vs. Old Politics: The Internet, Social Media, and Democratisation in Pakistan. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
  • Michaelsen, M. (2011). [Review of: Rainer Winter. Widerstand im Netz. Zur Herausbildung einer transnationalen Öffentlichkeit durch netzbasierte Kommunikation]. Global Media Journal. German Edition, 1(1).
  • Michaelsen, M. (2011). Über Kommunikation zum Wandel? In Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Ed.), Iran und die Neuen Medien - Herausforderungen für den Auslandsrundfunk Stuttgart.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2009). Entgleiste Revolution? Die iranischen Präsidentschaftswahlen und ihre Folgen. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.


  • Michaelsen, M. (2008). Sieg ohne Erfolg? Ahmadinejads schwierige politische Zukunft. Zu den Parlamentswahlen in Iran. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Book editor

  • Michaelsen, M. (2011). Election Fallout. Iran's Exiled Journalists on their Struggle for Democratic Change. Berlin: Hans Schiler Verlag.
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