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Claes De Vreese

External Chair of Business and Social Sciences
Digital Democracy Centre


PhD Claes de Vreese is a 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.

Claes de Vreese 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.

In the past five years, his scholarly achievements have been bestowed with several awards and honours, 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 a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science (KNAW) in 2016 and elected a 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).

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, the 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. 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.

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.

For more information about Professor Claes de Vreese, please refer to the SDU Research Portal.