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Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Full Professor by special appointment in Strategic Communication (Logeion Chair) in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2010, he defended his PhD dissertation in the field of Communication and Information Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. Since 2009, he has worked at the Department of Communication Science, first as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor and currently as an Associate Professor. In 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University (Orange, CA, USA).



His research focuses on the role of language in strategic communication, with a particular focus on figurative language such as metaphor, hyperbole and irony. He studies the use and effects of metaphor, hyperbole and irony across domains of discourse (e.g., political communication, health communication, persuasive communication, interpersonal communication). Between 2014-2018, he worked on the project “Figurative Framing” (2014-2018), for which he received a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Currently, he works on his VIDI project "Contemporary Political Satire" (2018-2024). For more information on the VIDI project, please view the project website: www.copolsat.org

Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is a member of the Management Team of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam in which he coordinates the track on Figurative Framing, and main editor of the book series Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication (MiLCC), published by John Benjamins. He also has a regular column in C Magazine, in which he writes about communication research for an audience of communication  professionals. 


In the academic year 2020-21, prof. dr. Christian Burgers teaches in the courses:

At the University of Amsterdam, he teaches the course:


Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is a member of the Opleidingscommissie Communicatiewetenschap Bachelor and of the Opleidingscommissie Communicatiewetenschap Master.

Ancillary activities

  • SRM Opleidingen en Trainingen | Hilversum | Lid Raad van Advies | 2020-07-08 - present

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  • H Social Sciences
  • Strategic communication
  • Figurative framing
  • Political satire
  • Communication science
  • News satire


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