Todd Graham


I am a University Academic Fellow (UAF) in Political Communication and Journalism at the School of Media and Communication. I completed my PhD at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam, in 2009. I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Media and Journalism at the University of Groningen from 2009-2012. In 2012, I became a Lecture in Political Communication and Journalism and a Senior Lecture in 2015. In late 2016, I took up a post at the University of Leeds. My work has been published in top international journals across the field of communication and politics, including: New Media & Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, European Journal of Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Information, Communication & Society, Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, Journal of Information Technology and Politics and Digital Journalism. In 2012, I received the European Journal of Communication Article of the Year Award for my research on online political talk and popular culture.

Research interests

My main research research interests include: i) the use of new media in representative democracies; ii) the intersections between popular culture and formal politics; iii) online election campaigns; iv) social media and journalism; v) forms of online deliberation and political talk; vi) online civic engagement; vii) public sphere and deliberative democratic theory.

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  • PhD in Political Communication (University of Amsterdam, ASCoR)
  • MA in European Communication Studies (w/Honors, University of Amsterdam, ASCoR)
  • BA in Communication Studies and Political Science (University of Rhode Island)
  • University Teaching Qualification (University of Groningen)

Research groups and institutes

  • Journalism
  • Political Communication
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