is Full Professor at the Institute for Media Studies (IMS) at KU Leuven. She holds an MA in Romance Languages, University of Ghent; an MSc in Press and Communication Sciences, University of Ghent; an MSc in Information Studies, University of Toronto, Canada; and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences, University of Ghent. She was Board Member of the Netherlands Press Fund between 2006 and 2016 (The Hague), Vice-chair of the Chamber for Impartiality and Protection of Minors of the Flemish Media Regulator (as of 2005), and member of the Euromedia Research Group (as of 2009). She is co-editor of the International Communication Gazette (Sage, recently ISI-ranked), editor of Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research (ISI-ranked), and Editorial Board member of Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, the Dutch-language journal of communication science (ISI-ranked). She held a Jean Monnet Chair on European Integration in Media and Telecommunications Policy (2000-2007) and ran a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (European Centre for the Interdisciplinary Assessment of Initiatives for Public Governance, 2002-2007), when appointed at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her primary areas of research include analysis of news media, news media diversity and pluralism, media and ethnic cultural minorities (with a focus on Muslims, both as media users and as media content), digital media and young people, Western media policy and governance mechanisms. Recent research deals with the relative salience of several possible sources of societal disruption such as Islamophobia, discrimination, and radicalization, their global and local dimensions, including mediated forms of communication.