Mojca Pajnik, PhD


The reasons for the expansion of anti-political and anti-media sentiment can be explained by the reflection of “post-democracy”, the current situation in which democratic structures are becoming more and more empty, when classic party politics is transformed into a spectacle, and when the argumentative debate leading to rational decisions on matters of public relevance is replaced with one-line tweets.
– Mojca Pajnik, Mladina

Mojca Pajnik earned her PhD from communications at the University of Ljubljana in 2005. She is scientific counsellor at the Peace Institute and professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), University of Ljubljana where she lectures at the study programs on communications and media.

She has authored more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters from the fields of media and political theory, populism, citizenship, gender (in)equality and migration regimes. Her books include Media and Gender (ed. with B. Luthar, FSS, 2019), Populism and the Web: Communicative Practices of Parties and Movements in Europe (ed. with B. Sauer, Routledge, 2017) and Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration (ed. with F. Anthias, Palgrave, 2014).

She is active as editorial board member of Global Media and Communication, Migration and Ethnic Themes and Journal of Alternative and Community Media. She has been a guest lecturer and researcher at the University of Florence, Vienna, Helsinki, Bielefeld, the Central European University in Budapest, Loughborough University, Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik and the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt.

She was awarded for scientific excellency by the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (2014) and by the Slovenian Research Agency (2021).


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