Claus Mueller pursued undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Cologne, Germany, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris, and the New School for Social Research where he received his Ph.D. in Sociology. His research interests focus on political communication, the relation between electronic media and contemporary stratification, and development issues. He has authored many articles, books and presentations, including The Politics of Communication, also in a German and Japanese edition, Third World Television Access to U.S., and, most recently, essays on "Integrating the Turkish Community: A German Dilemma", and "International Film Festival Tourism" published in the US, Germany, and Korea respectively. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on electronic media, television, and film, and has served twice as the Director of the Department's Graduate Social Research Program of which he is the current media adviser, and has been working as the New York correspondent for domestic and foreign print and electronic publications. He is the recipient of numerous grants from public and private agencies and has been awarded a French government fellowship and two Fulbrights grants.
Apart from his academic activities Claus Mueller has been arranging screening seminars and conferences for policy and opinion makers which have included since 2001 annual Congressional Briefings and seminars at the Rayburn House Office Building and the German UN Mission on the Global Challenge of HIV/AIDS and other policy issues. He has been elected to the American Council on Germany and to the International Council of the National Television Academy and is a member of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations, the Foreign Press Association, and other groups. He serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit New York Film and Video Council and the International Film and Television Exchange.