Christopher Starke

I'm a Post-Doc in Political Communication currently working at the Department of Social Sciences (University  of Düsseldorf) and the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID).



Starke, C. (forthcoming). United in Diversity? The Effects of Media Identity Framing on
Individual European Solidarity.

Peer-reviewed Journals

Marcinkowski, F. & Starke, C. (2018). Trust in Government: What’s News Media Got to Do With It? Studies in Communication Sciences, 18(1), 87–102. doi:

Starke, C. & Flemming, F. (2017). Who is Responsible for Doping in Sports? The Attribution of Responsibility in the German Print Media. Communication & Sport, 5(2), 245-262. doi: 10.1177/2167479515603712.

Marcinkowski, F., Lünich, M. & Starke, C. (2017). Spontaneous trait inferences from candidates’ faces: the impact of the face effect on election outcomes in Germany. Acta Politica, 53(2), 231-247. doi: 10.1057/s41269-017-0048-y.

Flemming, F., Lünich, M., Marcinkowski, F. & Starke, C. (2016). Coping with dilemma. How German sport media users respond to sport mega events in autocratic countries. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(8), 1008-1024. doi: 10.1177/1012690216638545.

Starke, C., Naab, T.K. & Scherer, H. (2016). Free to Expose Corruption: The Impact of Media Freedom, Internet Access and Governmental Online Service Delivery on Corruption. International Journal of Communication, 10, 4702-4722. doi: 1932–8036/20160005.

Starke, C. & Hofmann, L. (2016). Is the Eurocrisis a Catalyst for European Identity? The complex relationship between conflicts, the public sphere and collective identity. European Policy Review, 3, 15.

Book Chapters

Köbis, N., Iragorri-Carter, D., Starke, C. (2018). A Social Psychological View on the Social Norms of Corruption. In Kubbe I, Engelbert A (Eds.), Corruption and Norms: Why informal rules matter, pp. 31-52. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Flemming, F., Dosenovic, P., Marcinkowski, F., Lünich, M. & Starke, C. (2017). Von Unterhaltung bis Kritik: Wie das deutsche Publikum die olympischen Spiele sehen möchte. In Schramm H, Schallhorn C, Ihle H, Nieland J.-U. (Eds.), Großer Sport, große Show, große Wirkung? Empirische Studien zu Olympischen Spielen und Fußballgroßereignissen, pp. 120-145.

Starke, C., Lünich, M., Marcinkowski, F., Dosenovic, P. & Flemming, F. (2017). Zwischen Politik und Sporterleben: Der Umgang des deutschen Fernsehens mit den Olympischen Spielen 2016. In Schramm H, Schallhorn C, Ihle H, Nieland J.-.U. (Eds.), Großer Sport, große Show, große Wirkung? Empirische Studien zu Olympischen Spielen und Fußballgroßereignissen, S. 98-118. Köln: Herbert von Halem.

Marcinkowski, F., Flemming, F. & Starke, C. (2014). Mediensystem und politische Kommunikation. In Knoepfel P, Papadopoulos Y, Sciarini P, Vatter A, Häusermann S (Eds.), Handbuch der Schweizer Politik, pp. 435-462. Zürich: Verlag Neue Züricher Zeitung.

Reports and other Publications

Hummel, H. & Starke, C. (2017). Defining and prosecuting transborder corruption.

Starke, C., Köbis, N. & Brandt, C. (2016). The Role of Social Norms in Corruption Research.

Brandt, C., Köbis, N. & Starke, C. (2016). "Das machen doch alle so." Höhere Strafen, weniger Korruption. Diese Logik trifft nicht immer zu. Katapult, 1(1), 44.

Starke, C. & Lünich, M. (2016). Corruption Perception and Media Freedom from a European Perspective.

Starke, C. & Köbis, N. (2015). European Identity: the Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo.

Current Projects

Artificial Intelligence in Political Decision-Making

Co-Authors: Marco Lünich (University of Düsseldorf)

Fairness in Machine Learning 

Co-Authors: Frank Marcinkowski, Ulrich Rosar, Stefan Harmeling, Stefan Conrad, Michael Leuschel (all University of Düsseldorf)

Digitalization first, Solidarity second?

Co-Authors: Marco Lünich (University of Düsseldorf)

Media Effects on Political Trust

Co-Authors: Frank Marcinkowski (University of Düsseldorf), Florian Wintterlin (University of Münster)

Public Discourses on Solidarity 

Co-Authors: Stefan Wallaschek (University of Hildesheim)

Framing Corruption 

Co-Authors: Nils Köbis (University of Amsterdam), Sofia Wickberg (Sciences Po Paris), Meta Aurelia (Free University Amsterdam)