For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Julia Hagemann May, PhD

Julia Hagemann May, PhD

Director, Professional MS Communication Programs
Assistant Teaching Professor of Communication
Department of Communication
Office: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 100, Room 160
Phone: 215.895.5804


  • PhD, Communication, Culture & Media, Drexel University
  • MA, Political Science

Research Interests:

  • Political Communication
  • International politics and its news coverage
  • Public Opinion
  • Debate in the Public Sphere
  • Transatlantic relations
  • War, Torture and Human Rights


Born and raised in Southern Germany, surrounded by several countries within easy reach, Julia Hagemann quickly discovered her interest in foreign countries and their politics. Combining this interest with her love for writing, she sought a career in journalism that culminated with a position as a journalist for a national German daily newspaper. But her studies for her MA in Political Science had sparked a genuine interest in the transatlantic relationship between the U.S. and the European Union – an interest that ultimately led her to move to the U.S. to continue her academic studies on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The opportunity to work as Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University allowed Julia to realize how much she enjoys teaching. Combining her research interests and her love for teaching and writing, Julia has completed her PhD in Communication, Culture & Media and plans to pursue a career in academia.  Her research is focused mainly on political communication, especially the discussion of foreign policy events in different parts of the public sphere such as newspaper opinion and online discussion and blogs.

Selected Publications:

Selected Publications

  • Porpora, D. Nikolaev, A., May Julia H., Jenkins, A. (2012). Post-Ethical Society: The Attack on Iraq, Abu Ghraib and the Moral Failure of the Secular American Public Sphere. Under contract with The University of Chicago Press.
  • Porpora, D., Nikolaev, A. and Hagemann, J. (2010). Abuse, Torture, Frames and Editorials. Journal of Communication, 60 (2).

Research Presentations

  • Hagemann, J., Jenkins, A., Nikolaev, A., Porpora, D. (2011). “The Content of Moral Debate Online: The Attack on Iraq and the Revelations of Abu Ghraib”. Presented at the 2011 Annual Conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Arlington, VA.
  • Hagemann, J., Nikolaev A., and Porpora D. (2010) “Necessary Interrogation or Inhumane Torture. The Torture Debate in the American Public Sphere”. Presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Eastern Communication Association in Baltimore, MD.
  • Hagemann, J., Nikolaev A., and Porpora D. (2007) “Some did dare call it torture – but not loudly”. Presented at the Conference on Media, War and Conflict, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.