Honorary and Visiting Professors

Honorary Professors 
16020037336_b6a475c666_q.jpgDenis McQuail (1935 – 2017) was Professor Emeritus at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton, Great Britain and Honorary Professor at the Ghent University, Belgium. Professor McQuail was one of the world-renowned media theorists and an author of a famous theory of communication. His popular book “Mass Communication Theory” withstood six editions and is on the readings list of journalism students, lecturers and media researchers in many different countries.
Паоло Манчини.jpgPaolo Mancini is Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Perugia, Italy. He is an expert in the comparative analysis of national media systems. Together with Professor Professor Daniel C. Hallin, USA, Professor Mancini developed a classification of media systems based on the interaction of media and political institutions of the country. Their book “Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics” became a handbook for many media scholars and lecturers across the world.

Ханну Ниеминен.jpgHannu Nieminen is Professor Emeritus of Media and Communications Policy at the University of Helsinki, part-time Professor of Communication at the Vytautas Magnus University and Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 2022, he is Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 2016 to 2020 he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and as the founding Director of Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities. He is also a member of the Euromedia Research Group. 
Каарле Норденстренг.jpgKaarle Nordenstreng is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Tampere, Finland. He was a consultant to UNESCO, the vice-president of the International Association for Media and Communications Research (IAMCR), head the Department of Journalism at the University of Tampere. Currently Professor Nordenstreng leads a research project “Media Systems in Flux: The Challenge of the BRICS Countries” aimed at the analysis of journalistic media systems and cultures of the BRICS countries. 

Пал Тамаш.jpgPal Tamas is Professor at the Communication Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor of Sociology at the Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He is an expert in the study of social transformations of post-communist countries. For a long time he worked at the Institute of Sociology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2014 he is Professor at the Department of Media Theory and Economics at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University. 
Greg Simons is a researcher at Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University and a lecturer at the Department of Communication Sciences at Turiba University in Riga. His research interests include Russian mass media, public diplomacy and soft power, crisis management communications. Dr. Simons is the author and editor of numerous refereed articles, chapters and books. 
де Бенс.jpgEls De Bens is Professor Emeritus at the Ghent University, Belgium. She founded MICT in 2004. She is still involved in several MICT-projects and she is active as a media consultant. Until February 2008 she has been chairing the Flemish Media Council, and she still is a member of several media policy commissions. She has been involved into a number of international expert evaluation commissions (Switzerland, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Portugal). 
Jens.jpgJens Wendland is Honorary Professor at the University of the Arts Berlin (UDK), Germany, Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Humboldt University Berlin. He studied law and media and cultural studies. Jens Wendland began his teaching career as professor at the Institute for dance at the University of Music and Drama Theatre Cologne (1973 to 1976). Since 1984, he started reading lectures and seminars, constitution, management, organization, new media and program development at the Universities of Frankfurt am Main, Gottingen, Munster, Berlin and Dortmund.
Wolfgang.jpgWolfgang Mühl-Benninghaus is Professor at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He is an author and editor of several books about social media management, German TV, economics of broadcasting media and history of film industry. He is a co-chair of Free Russian-German Institute for Publicism and one of the organizers and lecturers of two bachelor courses “Contemporary German Media System and Journalism” and “Media and Journalism in Germany” (Faculty of Journalism, MSU).
Ragnedda.jpgMassimo Ragnedda is Associate Professor at Northumbria University Newcastle. He is a well-known scholar in the fields of digital inequality, digital divide, social control, and surveillance. He authored and edited more than 15 books and numerous articles in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian. Dr Massimo Ragnedda actively develops Bourdieu's approach to the analysis of modern mass communication and digital society.