Johanna Mack

Curriculum Vitae


Johanna Mack Holds an M.A. in "National and Transnational Studies: Literature – Culture – Language” from Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster and a B.A. in Applied Literary and Cultural Studies, Journalism and French from Technical University Dortmund/ Ruhr University Bochum.


She has been a Co-Editor of the German website of the European Journalism Observatory from 2017 to 2020, and has supported the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism in several projects relating to media and migration, including a study journey to Jordan in 2017, seminars, workshops and conferences in Dortmund, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau and Morocco, co-organizing the installation of Yoko Ono's participatory artwork "Add Color (Refugee Boat)" in Dortmund in 2019-2020 and co-authoring two chapters for an international curriculum on teaching media and migration.


From September 2020 to March 2021, she worked for Deutsche Welle Akademie during a practice stay for her Ph.D.


Johanna has worked as a freelance journalist for Westfälische Rundschau, Ruhr Nachrichten and Radio Vatikan/ Vatican News.  



Research Interests 


International journalism, media development, media and migration, cultural and literary studies and postcolonial studies.

PhD Project




"Knowledge Production for Media Development in Postcolonial Media Systems: The Case of Guinea-Bissau"


Learn more about the project here.



  • Mack, J.; Serwornoo, M. (2020, November 14th): Imagining Africa and Europe: Media Stories. [Invited presentation]. Seminar of the Arbeitskreis Internationales, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Gummersbach.
  • Mack, J. (2020, November 6th): Guinea-Bissaus Mediensystem: Was behindert und fördert Partizipation? [Panel Presentation]. Partizipative Öffentlichkeiten - EC4SC. Forschungszentrum Entwicklungskommunikation – Communication for Social Change. Universität Leipzig, Online Conference
  • Mack, J. (2020, October 15-17th): Coping with Migrants and Regulatory Challenges in Europe. 2nd Annual International Migration Summit – Journalists’ International Forum for Migration (JIFORM), Lagos, Online Conference.
  • Mack, J. (2021, April 14): Knowledge Production for Media Development in Postcolonial Media Systems: The Case of Guinea-Bissau. [Presentation]. “Comparing Post-socialist Media Systems” - 9th Graduate Spring School & Research conference on Comparative Media Systems, Dubrovnik.