Nicole Doerr

Nicole Doerr

Associate Professor

Current research

My primary research interest is a cross-national, transnational comparative perspective on democracy, civil society and political mobilization on climate justice, migration, diversity and gender. I conducted cross-country comparative research in Germany, the United States, the UK, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, South Africa, and Turkey. Based on my empirical research I have developed a democratic theory of political translation examining citizen deliberation, participation, and protest focusing on questions of green transition, diversity, inequality, citizenship, intersectionality, and global justice. My qualitative research methods include participant observation, critical discourse analysis, and the development of mixed methods for multimodal visual analysis. In team with computer scientists I study social movements and their popularity across countries using visual and linguistic computational tools for large data sets. My open access publications are available in my researchgate and academia webpages and the university resources.


At the University of Copenhagen Department of Sociology I direct the
CoMMonS Research Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies. You can watch the international CoMMonS workshops, book talks, and seminars online. Watch short clips on the CoMMonS international workshop on social movements and global pandemic, climate justice and democracy, and find more videos on visual and digital methods, and migration and anti-racism in Europe through our webpage and social media account.


Current research projects (as of 2021):

  • ExId: Extreme Identities: A Linguistic and Visual Analysis of European Far-Right Online Communities’ Politics of Identity (2020-22) funded by the European Union’s NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age research program. Link to project webpage: Cooperation with Stephane Baele (Exeter University) and Constantine Boussalis (Trinity College)
  • Visual intervention and the (Re)enactment of Democracy (2020-22): Special issue in Visual Studies, forthcoming 2022, co-edited with Thomas Olesen (Aarhus University), and Anna Schober (University of Klagenfurt). Link to project:
  • Activism, Agency, and Acts of Translating Gendered Belongings and Concepts (2021-23). Outputs: Online workshop at the University of Copenhagen and a peer-reviewed special issue with international researchers’ articles in European Journal of Politics and Gender, co-edited with Susanne Zwingel (Florida International University).
  • CVELANG: A comparative study of Countering Violent Extremism through adult migrant language teaching and learning in Denmark and the UK (2021-23), funded by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Cooperation with Kamran Khan (University of Copenhagen).
  • AWAKE: A comparative study of citizen participation and mobilization on the issues of migration and security in Denmark and Poland (2021-23), funded by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Cooperation with Malgorzata Kurjanska (University of Copenhagen).  

Recently Completed International Comparative Research Projects:

  • Black Lives Matter in Europe: Transnational Diffusion, Local Translation and Resonance of Anti-Racist Protest in Germany, Italy, Denmark and Poland
    (2020-1), funded by the German Center for Migration and Integration Research, Racism Monitoring Program, collaborator with Noa Milman as PI (University of Copenhagen). Open access project report here.
  • Translating Diversity: Public Participation, Protest, and Deliberation and on the Issues of Migration and Gender (2016-18), funded by the European Union COFUND IPODI Research Project, Principle investigator, collaboration with Sabine Hark, TU Berlin, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Gender (ZIFG) Project webpage here.


Key publications: 

Nicole Doerr. 2018. Political Translation—How Social Movement Democracies Survive. Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press. Read the Introduction Chapter here.

Nicole Doerr, and Beth Gardner, 2022. “After the Storm: Translating the US Capitol Storming in Germany’s Right-Wing Media System” Translation in Society (1)1. Online Jan 26, 2022. Open access here.

Nicole Doerr, 2021. “The Visual Politics of the Alternative for Germany (AfD): Anti-Islam, Ethno-Nationalism, and Gendered Images.” Social Sciences, 10(1), 20. Open access.

Nicole Doerr. 2019. Gender, “Cultural” Misunderstandings, and the Politics of Translation in Refugee Solidarity Coalitions in Germany and Denmark. in JA Irvine, S Lang & C Montoya (eds), Gendered Mobilizations and Intersectional Challenges: Contemporary Social Movements in Europe and North America. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, London, pp. 189–207. Link to the book here.

Donatella della Porta and Nicole Doerr. 2018. Deliberation in Protests and Social Movements. In Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy edited by John Dryzek, Jane Mansbridge, André Bächtiger and Mark Warren. Pp: 636-62. Link to the book here.

Nicole Doerr. 2017. “Bridging language barriers, bonding against immigrants: transnational network publics by far-right activists in Europe” Discourse and Society 28(1): 3-23. Preprint open access here.

Nicole Doerr, Alice Mattoni, and Simon Teune. 2013 Towards the Visual Analysis of Social Movements. Research Series on Conflict, Social Movements, and Political Change Bingley: Emerald. Preprint open access here.


Previous Positions and Training

Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College, United States, 2013-2015

Harvard Democracy Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (honors fellowship), 2011-2012

EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Irvine, Department of Sociology and Center for Democracy, 2010-2012

Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute (2009)

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