Todd Graham


I am an Associate Professor of Political Communication and Journalism Studies at the School of Media and Communication. I study political communication by elites and citizens, with a particular focus on digital and social media. I have published widely in some of the top media and communication journals and have received a number of awards and honours for my research.


  • Programme Leader, Communication and Media (BA)

Research interests

I am an expert in the fields of political communication and journalism studies (and mass communication studies more broadly). My specific research interests include: online election campaigns; politicians’ use of social media; (innovations in) digital media and journalism practice; online political participation and civic engagement; digital activism; forms of online deliberation and political talk; the intersections between popular culture and formal politics; and notions of the public sphere and deliberative democratic theory.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral research in a wide range of topics in political communication and journalism studies, based on a variety of methodological approaches and disciplinary backgrounds.

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  • PhD, Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam
  • MA (with distinction), Amsterdam School of Communication Research, University of Amsterdam
  • BA (double major), University of Rhode Island
  • University Teaching Qualification (University of Groningen)

Student education

I teach modules exploring the relationships between media, politics, and citizenship, with a particular focus on digital media. My teaching combines theories and approaches from political science, political philosophy, media and communication, and sociology, and brings together theoretical, empirical, and applied perspectives to equip students with critical skills and practical knowledge. I also teach research methods modules that provide students with the knowledge and hands-on, practical skills for carrying out social research.

Research groups and institutes

  • Journalism
  • Political Communication
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