Maximilian Overbeck

Maximilian Overbeck
Post-doctoral ‎Researcher

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My research is situated at the intersection of Political Science, Communication, and Computational Social Science, with a special interest in religion and the political role of collective identities.

I currently work as a post-doctoral researcher in the PROFECI project, developing its algorithmic strategy for tracing and studying the complexity of political projections within diverse multilingual text corpora.

In my dissertation (defended ‎‎2019 at the University of Stuttgart, currently in publication process), I conducted a comparative and longitudinal analysis on Western media debates on the issue of religion in armed conflicts after the end of the Cold War (1990-2012) as a critical intervention to the current debate on the so-called return of religion.


Research Interests

My research focuses on the political role of collective identities and religion with a particular focus on Western public spheres and news media, by using qualitative and quantitative-computational research techniques, methods and tools.

In the PROFECI project I currently conduct a comparative study on the complex and multifaceted connection between religion and confidence about political projections.


Selected Publications

  • Overbeck, M., Baden, C., Aharoni, T. & Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2021). Beyond sentiment: An algorithmic strategy for identifying evaluations within large text corpora. 71st ICA Annual Conference [Virtual Conference].

  • Overbeck, M., Aharoni, T., Baden, C., Freedman, M., & Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. (2020). The role of religion in public projections: How religious actors make sense of the political future. 14th ECPR General Conference, Innsbruck, Austria.

  • Kantner, Cathleen, and Maximilian Overbeck. 2020 (Open Access). “Exploring Soft Concepts with Hard Corpus-Analytic Methods.” In Reflektierte Algorithmische Textanalyse: Interdisziplinäre Arbeiten in der Creta-Werkstatt, eds. Nils Reiter, Axel Pichler, and Jonas Kuhn. De Gruyter, 169–90.

  • Overbeck, M. (2015). Observers turning into participants: Shifting perspectives on religion and armed conflict in Western news coverage. The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, 36(2), 95–124.

  • Overbeck, Maximilian. 2014. “European Debates during the Libya Crisis of 2011: Shared Identity, Divergent Action.” European Security 23(4): 583–600.