Kathrin Friederike Müller analyzes questions of media-induced social change and mediatization - currently especially on the concept of highly dynamic mediatization in the context of professional work. Other research interests include the domestication of the Internet, gender studies in communication studies, cultural media studies, the role of norms in media use, and the spread of disinformation using the example of the messenger Telegram.
In October 2021, Kathrin Müller habilitated at WWU Münster with the writing "Alltag als Treiber von Mediatisierung. Theory and Empiricism on Media Practices in Digital Media Environments" and a lecture on media and inequality. Her dissertation on the approproation of women's magazines in the context of biography, everyday life and doing gender, which was awarded "summa cum laude," was developed at the Institute for Communication Studies and Media Culture at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. From 1997 to 2003 she studied communication studies, theater studies and comparative literature at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3.
In 2021, Kathrin Müller was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Internet Studies in Bochum, where she conducted research for six months.
Professional stations as a research assistant, both with research tasks in third-party funded projects and as a lecturer, were the Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart in the winter semester 2022/23, the Institute for Media Research at the University of Rostock from the winter semester 2020/21 to the summer semester 2022, and the Institute for Communication Studies at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster between 2012 and 2020. From 2008 to 2012, Kathrin Müller worked at Leuphana University Lüneburg. From 2005 to 2008, she was also an associate lecturer there, and in 2005/06 she additionally taught for two semesters at the Ruhr University in Bochum.
In 2012, her work as a lecturer was recognized with the Leuphana University of Lüneburg Teaching Award. She was also awarded the prize for the best publication for emerging scholars by the DGPuK's division Media, Public Spheres and Gender for the year 2011/12.