Sally Osei-Appiah

Sally Osei-Appiah


I am a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication at the Universityof Leeds (UK). My research interests include representation (of marginalized groups), (gendered) political communication, African media and politics, news journalism and (multimodal) critical discourse analysis. My current research examines both the representation of West African women politicians in their national media, and their self-representation on social media. The specific areas of concern are print and radio news in Ghana and Nigeria. I am supervised by Dr Giorgia Aiello and Dr Katy Parry

I hold an MA in Discourse Studies from Lancaster University (UK ), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Cape-Coast (Ghana), and a BA (Honours) in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana (2003). Before my MA, I worked as a secondary school teacher at International Community School-K, an international school in Ghana teaching IGCSE First Language English and Literature in English. I was also the IGCSE Coordinator and Exams Officer in charge of all administrative work regarding CIE examinations in the school, serving as the liaison officer between my school and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) through British Council.

For my national service, I worked as a field Facilitator on a behaviour-change communication project by the Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), where, among other things, I led youth groups in 21 communicaties in the Ashanti Region of Ghana to design and perform plays as entry programmes for community discussions on sexual and reproductive health choices.


Research interests

  • Representation
  • (Gendered) Political Communication
  • Gender in Politics
  • African Media and Politics
  • African Political Communication
  • (Multimodal) Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Visual Communication