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. My dissertation, 'What's Wife Swap Got to Do with It? Talking politics in the Net-Based Public Sphere', focuses on online deliberation, popular culture and the public sphere. Following my PhD, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Groningen (RuG) from 2009-2012. In 2012, I became a lecture in politicial communication and journalism at the RuG before being promoted to Senior Lecture in 2015. In late 2016, I started my UAF post at the University of Leeds. In 2012, I received the European Journal of Communication Article of the Year Award 2011 for my research on online political talk and popular culture. 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, Journal of Information Technology and Politics and Digital Journalism.

Research interests

My main 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. My background is in political communication and journalism. My research interests include: participatory journalism; journalism and social media; user-generated content; journalism and the public sphere; popular culture; infotainment; (new) media and democracy; political communication; online deliberation and forms of political talk; online election campaigns; life/lifestyle politics and civic engagement.

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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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