Professor Sarah Oates

Professor and Senior Scholar

College/University: B.A. Yale University; M.A. & Ph.D. Emory University

301-405-4510 2215 Knight Hall

Sarah Oates is a scholar in the field of political communication and democratization. A major theme in her work is the way in which the traditional media and the Internet can support or subvert democracy in places as diverse as Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Prof. Oates also oversees the Merrill College Ph.D. program.

She has published widely on these topics, including a recent book that compares election coverage in the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Russia (Terrorism, Elections, and Democracy: Political Campaigns in the United States, Great Britain, and Russia with Lynda Lee Kaid and Mike Berry, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010). She is the author of a forthcoming book in the Oxford University Press Digital Politics series (Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere). As the founder of the Google Forum to bring together academics with Google U.K., she currently serves as an expert for the European Commission’s Digital Futures project.

Before embarking on her academic career, Prof. Oates was a journalist who published in outlets ranging from The Orlando Sentinel to The New York Times.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications


Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere. Under contract to Digital Politics series at Oxford University Press for publication in 2012.

Terrorism, Elections, and Democracy: Political Campaigns in the United States, Great Britain, and Russia (with L.L. Kaid and M. Berry). 2009. New York: Palgrave Macmillan ISBN-13 978-0230613577

Introduction to Media and Politics. 2008. London: SAGE. ISBN-13 978-1412902625. Translated into Chinese and available via First chapter translated into Spanish appears as introduction in A. Rettberg and O. Rincón (eds.) 2011. Medios, Democracia Y Poder. Bogotá: Ediciones Uniandes.

Television, Democracy and Elections in Russia. 2006. London: RoutledgeCurzon. ISBN 0415381347

The Internet and Politics: Citizens, Voters and Activists (co-edited with D. Owen and R.K. Gibson). 2006. London: Routledge. ISBN 041534784X

Articles and Book Chapters

Political Challengers or Political Outcasts?: Comparing Online Communication for the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the British Liberal Democrats. 2012. Europe-Asia Studies 64(8): 1463–1488.

Post-Soviet Political Communication. 2012. In H. Semetko and M. Scammell (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication: 461-471. ISBN-13 978-1847874399

Going Native: The Value in Reconceptualizing International Internet Service Providers as Domestic Media Outlets (2011). Philosophy & Technology 24 (4): 391409. DOI: 10.1007/s13347-011-0045-4

Media and Political Communication (with G. McCormack). 2009. In S. White, R. Sakwa, and H. Hale (eds.) Developments in Russian Politics 7. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN 978-0230224490

With Brooke Barnett, Laura Roselle and Amy Reynolds. 2008. Journalism & Terrorism Across the Atlantic: A Qualitative Content Analysis of CNN and BBC Coverage of 9/11 and 7/7. Feedback 49:6: 29-43

The Neo-Soviet Model of the Media. 2007. Europe-Asia Studies 59(8): 1279-1297.

Comparing the Politics of Fear: The Role of Terrorism News in Election Campaigns in Russia, the United States and Britain. 2006. International Relations 20(4): 425-437.

A Spiral of Post-Soviet Cynicism: The First Decade of Political Advertising in Russia. 2006. In L.L. Kaid and C. Holtz-Bacha (eds.) Handbook of Political Advertising. London: SAGE: 309-324. ISBN 978-1412917957

Research Interests
Media and democratization, especially the role of the internet in non-free states. Elections and campaigns in the U.S., Russia, and United Kingdom. Media and crisis, in particular the framing of terrorist threat.

Role of the internet in society, elections, media and non-free states, role of journalists in society, media in comparative perspective.

Visiting Professor, Mohyla School of Journalism, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine)

Courses Taught
JOUR200, JOUR689