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Mareike Ohlberg focuses on China’s subnational politics, official media policy as well as developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Ohlberg holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the University of Heidelberg and an MA from Columbia University. In her thesis, she analyzed changes in China’s global propaganda outreach since 1978. Prior to joining MERICS, Ohlberg spent a year as an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and another year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Cheng Shewo Institute for Chinese Journalism at Shih Hsin University in Taipei.
Boosting the Party’s voice: China’s efforts to shape the global ideological discourse, MERICS China Monitor No. 34, 21 July 2016.
Branding Xi: How the CCP creates a professional PR leadership package for the modern era, August 2016. (gemeinsam mit Jessica Batke)
A national supervision system: the CCP’s new permanent anti-corruption campaign, January 12, 2017. (with George G. Chen)
No matter the outcome, Hong Kong’s elections will be a turning point, 1 September 2016. (with Johannes Buckow)
“Soft Power with Chinese Characteristics? Adaptation and Development of a Fashionable Concept in China”, in Lion König and Bidisha Chaudhuri, eds., Politics of the Other in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts. Routledge, 2016.
“Mit Worten Spielen verboten! Kontextualisierung und Kommentar zum Wortspielverbot in der Volksrepublik China” [It is forbidden to play with words! Context and Comment on the Pun Ban in the People’s Republic of China], Mediale Kontrolle unter Beobachtung [Media control monitor], vol. 4.1, 2015.
"The Era of Crowds: Gustave Le Bon, Crowd Psychology, and Conceptualizations of Mass-Elite Relations in China", in Antje Fluechter and Jivanta Schoettli, eds., The Dynamics of Transculturality, pp. 157-183. Springer, 2014.
"Creating a Favorable International Public Opinion Environment: External Propaganda (Duiwai Xuanchuan) as a Global Concept with Chinese Characteristics", Doctoral Dissertation, University of Heidelberg, 2013.
“A Transnational Concept with Chinese Characteristics: The Changing Structure of the Chinese External Propaganda Apparatus”, in Lion König and Bidisha Chaudhuri, eds., Discourses of Transculturality: Ideas, Institutions and Practices in India and China, pp. 42-57 (Special issue of Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, Working Paper no. 67), 2012.
How to Counter China’s Global Propaganda Offensive, in: The New York Times, 21 September 2016. (with Bertram Lang)
Hongkong und Festlandchina auf Konfrontationskurs: Szenen einer alternden Zwangsehe, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5 August 2016.
Interne Kritik am politischen Kurs von Xi Jinping - Es gärt in China, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 5 May 2016