Richard Lemke


Since August 1st, 2019, I no longer work at the University of Mainz. Current website:

10/2012 - 07/2019
Research Associate at the Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

04/2015 - 05/2015
Guest teacher at the University of Gothenburg. Topics: Online research, Internet sexuality

Master of Arts with honors (Magister Artium mit Auszeichnung) in Communications, Physics and History of Science; master thesis in Communications on the representation of causality, probability and statistical intensity in health reports (content analysis).

10/2005 - 06/2012
Studies of Communications, Physics, Psychology and History of Science at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover

08/2010 - 12/2010
Language stay in Glasgow (UK)

10/2007 - 09/2012
Student research and teaching assistant at the Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Internships and freelancing at ZDF German Television (science program „Abenteuer Wissen“), at RTL German Television (editorial office „Infotainment“) and at the German political party CDU during the parliament election campaign 2009.


Research Interests

  • Internet sexuality and online dating – the internet’s impact on sexuality
  • Health communication and risk communication
  • Science communication
  • Logic and methods of communication research


Service as Reviewer

  • Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
  • International Journal of Sexual Health
  • Information, Communication and Society
  • Culture, Health, and Sexuality
  • Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung


Teaching Experience

Courses in communications:

  • Content analysis (Winter 13/14 + Winter 14/15)
  • Data analysis using SPSS (Winter 12/13)
  • Sexuality and the internet (Summer 2013 + Summer 2014 + Summer 2015)
  • Terms and concepts of communication research (Summer 2013 + Summer 2014)



  • International Academy of Sex Research (IASR)
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • German society for sexuology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sexualforschung DGfS)
  • Alumni of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)