Media and Politics

Research and Class Material

Research and Teaching

A special welcome to students studying media and politics around the globe! Here is a free chapter from my textbook to download: . Also, see this part of the website for online resources for the study of political communication: Much of my own work can be downloaded from my Publications page.
I hope to set up some more links for resources for students soon (especially those writing papers etc.) because my web traffic reports suggest that's what most people are looking for, but I hope what I have here now is helpful.

Sarah Oates

Professor and Senior Scholar 

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

2100L John S. and James L. Knight Hall

University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7111


Euromaidan Lecture 21 November 2016

probing war winter on fire 21 nov 2016 Oates.pptx

See an excerpt from my new book from Oxford University Press! Or download an excerpt in PDF form

Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere


Download PDF Chapter 1: internet class/chapter 1 from publisher.pdf

FREE AND USEFUL policy paper about search engines and scholarship: Engines and Social Science_Google Forum Paper_2013 Final.pdf

February 2012

Presentation at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia

One Country, Two Audiences: Television and the Internet in Russia

Text: pete presentation 3 feb 2012 final.pptx


2011 International Affairs Conference, Royal Irish Academy 

Web Diplomacy 2.0: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges in Exporting Democracy On Line


oates democratisation and new media 25 nov 2011.docx


Oates New Media and Democratisation Nov 2011 b.ppt

Full CV: Oates CV updated 2011 for web.doc

University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland UK
G12 8RT


Terrorism, Elections, and Democracy

Political Campaigns in the United States, Great Britain, and Russia

The politics of fear have come to dominate much of the political agenda in many countries in the wake of 9/11.Terrorism, Elections, and Democracy examines how the fear of terrorism affected how elections were fought and won in 2004 and 2005. The book finds original and compelling evidence for how security issues dominated elections in the United States and Russia, while discussing why British politics were relatively unchanged. The findings suggest that the democratic intentions of elections can be overwhelmed when politicians, journalists, and the public focus on fear rather than politics in a campaign.

American Political Science Association Pre-Conference paper

From Political ‘Surf’ to Political ‘Turf’?: Developing Website Analysis to Better Understand the Internet as a Political Catalyst


Paper prepared for the 6th Annual APSA Pre-Conference on Political Communication
Old Media, New Media: Political Communication in Transition


Click here to download: apsa pre conf 2008 aug 25 08.doc


Introduction to Media and Politics by Sarah Oates


A textbook for the emerging field of comparative media studies

-- you can search inside on or

Published by SAGE and distributed in the US and UK.

Paperback 978-1412902625 £22.99 in the UK, $47.25 in the US

Hardback 978-1412902618 £65.00 in the UK, $99.95 in the US

Introduction to Media and Politics draws together evidence from the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and beyond to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between the media and the political sphere. This highly accessible text balances theory with case studies on elections, war, terrorism, and the emerging role of the Internet, enabling the reader to think critically about how the media should work in the service of democracy. It places the study of media and politics in a comparative perspective, allowing the reader to consider how the same media institutions - including commercial and public service broadcasting, paid political advertising, and war coverage - function in different countries. This text is essential reading for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of media and politics.

This website provides:

For Internet, Protest and Civil Society with Dr Paul Reilly, see

 To link to Politics at the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Glasgow, click here:

A different side of my research -- applying content analysis to real estate advertisements ... see of Property Ads.pdf