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Philip Merrill College of Journalism University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742

Telephone: 301 405 4510 (office)/301 455 2332 (mobile)


Twitter: media_politics

Skype: sarah.oates1


Professor and Senior Scholar, 2012-present

Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park College Director of Research, 2014-present


Fellow, Kennan Institute, September 2018-May 2019

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.


Professor of Political Communication, 2008-2012

School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom Senior Lecturer (2005-2008), Lecturer (1998-2005), Research Assistant (1996-1998)



Political Analyst, BBC Scotland Radio, 2008-2012. Continue to routinely comment on politics for the BBC and other media.

Reporter and copy editor, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, 1986-1992. Work published in

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other major newspapers.



Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. PhD, Political Science, 1998

Dissertation: Voting Behavior and Party Development in New Democracies: The Russian Duma Elections of 1993 and 1995. MA, Political Science, 1996

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, BA, English, 1985






Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere. 2013. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199735956. Won Alex Nove Prize in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.


Oates, Sarah, Lynda Lee Kaid, and Mike Berry. Terrorism, Elections, and Democracy: Political Campaigns in the United States, Great Britain, and Russia. 2009. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-13 978- 0230613577


Introduction to Media and Politics. 2008. London: SAGE. ISBN-13 978-1412902625


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


Oates, Sarah, Rachel K. Gibson, and Diana Owen (eds.). The Internet and Politics: Citizens, Voters and Activists. 2006. London: Routledge. ISBN 041534784X


Recent refereed articles and chapters (see for details/downloads)

Oates, Sarah and Wendy W. Moe. Donald Trump and the “Oxygen of Publicity”: Branding, Social Media, and Traditional Media. 2017. In Dan Schill and John Allen Hendricks (eds.) The Presidency and Social Media: Discourse, Disruption, and Digital Democracy in the 2016 Presidential Election. 1st edition. New York: Routledge.


Oates, Sarah. Perspective: A Perfect Storm: American Media, Russian Propaganda. 2017. Current History 116 (792): 282-284.


Oates, Sarah. Kompromat Goes Global? Assessing a Russian Media Tool in the United States. 2017.

Slavic Review. Vol 76(S1): S57-S65.

Russian Media in the Digital Age: Propaganda Rewired. 2016. Russian Politics 1(4): 398-417. Smyth, Regina and Sarah Oates. Mind the Gaps: Media Use and Mass Action in Russia. 2015.

Europe-Asia Studies 67(2): 285-305.


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



UM Ventures Seed Grant, University of Maryland Office of Technology Commercialization. PropagandaIQ. Grant to develop Russian propaganda detection research into desktop tool for policymakers. $15,000. Principal investigator. June 2017-March 2018.


U.K. Economic and Social Research Councils Grants

  • Google: The Role of Internet Search in Elections in Established and Challenged Democracies. £150,000. Co-applicant and Senior Researcher. June 2012-March 2014.

  • The Internet and Everyday Rights in Russia. £99,047. Principal investigator. October 2010- September 2012.

  • Building a New Democracy?: Television, Citizens and Voting in Russia. £40,000. Principal investigator. February 2000-August 2001.


U.K. New Security Challenges Program (Jointly funded by the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council/Arts and Humanities Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council):

  • Safer Spaces: Communication Design for Counter Terror. £415,000. Co-investigator. January 2008- October 2009.

  • The Framing of Terrorist Threat in British Elections. £46,000. Principal investigator. April 2005- December 2006.

  • The Framing of Terrorist Threat in U.S. and Russian Elections. £44,000. Principal investigator. October 2003-October 2005.



Russian (proficient)/French (limited proficiency)

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