Dr Florian Toepfl


Dr Florian Töpfl is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications. From October 2012 to September 2014, he will work with principal investigator Professor Terhi Rantanen on a project titled "Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism: The Power of the Internet in Russia" (MESAPORUS).

Dr Töpfl received his PhD in political science from the University of Passau in Southern Germany in 2009. Since then, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies at Columbia University, New York, and a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Media Studies and Communication Research, LMU University Munich. Dr Töpfl also had visiting fellowships at the Aleksanteri Institute for Russian Studies, University of Helsinki, and in the sociology department at the Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg.

CV is available here|.

Project webpage: www.measporus.eu|


Research Interests

Dr Töpfl's research focuses on the inter-relations between old and new media and politics in non-democratic regimes, with a strong focus on Russia and the post-Soviet world. More specifically, Dr Töpfl is interested in questions around how the rapid rise of the internet in the past decade has changed political communication, politics, polities, and political culture in non-democratic regimes. Dr Töpfl's research projects are largely based on qualitative empirical data from Russia. Yet, in interpreting and theorizing the data, Dr Töpfl strongly aims at comparative perspectives with both western democracies and other (semi-)authoritarian regimes in Asia and the Arab world. 

Selected Publications

Toepfl, F. (2014). Four facets of critical news literacy in a non-democratic regime:  How young Russians navigate their news|European Journal of Communication, 29(1), 68-82. doi: 10.1177/0267323113511183.

Toepfl, F. (2013).Why do pluralistic media systems emerge? Comparing media change in Russia and the Czech Republic after the collapse of Communism|Global Media and Communication, 9(3), 239-256. doi: 10.1177/1742766513504176.

Toepfl, F. (2013). Making Sense of the News in a Hybrid Regime: How Young Russians Decode State TV and an Oppositional Blog|Journal of Communication63(2), 244–265. doi:10.1111/jcom.12018

Toepfl, F. (2012). Blogging for the Sake of the President: The Online-Diaries of Russian Governors|. Europe-Asia Studies, 64 (8), 1437Ð1461.

Toepfl, F. (2011). Managing Public Outrage. Power, Scandal, and New Media in Contemporary Russia|. New Media & Society, 13(8), 1301 -1319.

More information

Should you have any questions, comments, or ideas regarding my research, please feel free to contact me anytime at f.h.toepfl@lse.ac.uk|