Katharina Lobinger is Assistant Professor for Online Communication at the Università della Svizzera Italiana – USI. Before that she was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen and Associated Junior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (HWK), Delmenhorst. Katharina Lobinger obtained her PhD in communication research at the University of Vienna in 2010. In 2011 she was awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Award “Media – Culture – Communication” for her doctoral thesis “Visual Communication Research” published in 2012 with Springer. Her research interests include visual communication research, digital and online media, mediatized everyday communication and visual methods. She is chair of the section “Visual Communication” of the German Communication Association (DGPuK) and editor of the forthcoming “Handbuch Visuelle Kommunikationsforschung” [Handbook of Visual Communication Research].