Prof. dr. Christian Burgers is a Full Professor in Communication and Organisations in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) and a Full Professor by special appointment in Strategic Communication (Logeion Chair) at the same university. He is also Program Group leader of the Corporate Communication group.
Between 2009 and 2021, he worked in the Department of Communication Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2010, he defended his PhD dissertation in the field of Communication and Information Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. 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).
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 co-editor of the book series Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication (MiLCC), published by John Benjamins.