Professor Stephen Coleman


I am a Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds and Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

Research interests

My main research interests are:

  • methods of political engagement;
  • uses of digital media in representative democracies;
  • intersections between popular culture and formal politics;
  • political efficacy;
  • citizenship education; 
  • political aesthetics, performance and rhetoric; 
  • literary and dramatic representations of politics;
  • forms of deliberation and decision-making.

Current research projects include:

  • Study of real-time audience responses to political media messages
  • Study of political events - listening to the public in surges of political excitement
  • Study of online deliberation, its meaning, practices and consequences
  • Study of interpersonal talk about politics
  • Study of democratic 'capabilities' linked to theories of recognition
  • Study of young people's understanding of their digital rights
  • Collaborative project of political aesthetics with arts practitioners
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Student education

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules. 

COMM2560- Communication Skills

COMM3420 - The Ethnography of Speaking

COMM5601M - Innovations in Political Communication

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>