Claes de Vreese appointed as new External Chair

Claes de Vreese


We are very happy to announce that Professor Claes de Vreese joins Danish Institute of Advanced Study as External Chair of Social Sciences.



Claes de Vreese is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Data and Democracy, Professor and Chair of Political Communication at ASCoR, The Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam.

His research interests include the role of technology, AI and automated decision making in democratic processes. This encompasses research on campaigning, political journalism, and information effects on public opinion and electoral behaviour.

Since 2015, he has been affiliated with the Department of Political Science and Public Management, Centre for Journalism, at the University of Southern Denmark. First as an Adjunct Professor, then as Hans Christian Andersen Academy Fellow in 2011-2012 and from 2013 onwards as Affiliated Professor.

Now, he has been appointed as External Chair of Social Science at Danish Institute for Advanced Study. About his new appointment, Claes de Vreese states:

I am thrilled about joining D-IAS as an External Chair. Many of the most pressing challenges for science and society today are interdisciplinary in nature. My own work is in the intersection of communication, social science, data science and law and increasingly interdisciplinary in nature. Being part of and contributing to the stimulating D-IAS environment will be a wonderful and enriching opportunity.

Claes de Vreese


Marianne Holmer, Director of D-IAS, is very happy to welcome Claes de Vreese:

We are very excited for Claes de Vreese to join us at D-IAS. His extensive knowledge of political communication, AI and democracy will be a great contribution to our interdisciplinary conversations and research projects.

Marianne Holmer


Jens Ringsmose, dean at The Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, is just as excited about de Vreese’s association with D-IAS:

At the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, we are delighted to have Claes de Vreese with us as an affiliated professor. Claes has established himself as a world-leading scholar within his field, and I have no doubt that he will contribute in important ways to the work done here at BSS.

Also, I am confident that Claes de Vreese’s affiliation to D-IAS will benefit the work of the unique interdisciplinary research environment established here at SDU with the creation of D-IAS.

Jens Ringsmose


Claes de Vrees is the President of the International Communication Association (ICA) and Founding Director of the Center for Politics and Communication. He was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Governance, Harvard University, in 2017, Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich in 2007, and Visiting Scholar at Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, in 2004.

His scholarly work counts more than 200 articles, more than 26,000 citations and an H-index above 80, which is an outstanding academic achievement of a social scientist.

In the past five years, his scholarly achievements have been bestowed with several awards and honors, including the International Journal of Press/Politics Best Book Award in 2018 as well as a Harvard University Goldsmith Award for best academic book in 2016. In addition, he was elected member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW) in 2016 and elected Fellow of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW) in 2019.

In 2017-2020, Claes de Vreese chaired the KNAW Social Science Council (SWR) and the national SSH Council (National assembly of KNAW, NWO, Deans of Law, Social Science, Economics, and Humanities).

A further evidence of his wide scholarly recognition is his many reviewing activities. These include being the Editor-in-Chief of Political Communication and a member of the editorial board of several ISI ranked journals.

De Vreese has an extensive international experience with grant and research application reviews for public and private funding bodies in the Netherlands, Great Britain, European Union, ERC, European Science Foundation, United States, Israel, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. He has received numerous large research grants, among others an ERC Consolidator Grant 2015-2020 (PI), as well as several grants from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) as PI and Co-PI.




For more information about Claes de Vreese, please refer to https://claesdevreese.wordpress.com and Twitter @claesdevreese.





Photo credits: Claes de Vreese