Media and Politics

Research and Class Material


You can download my condensed CV with highlights here Oates CV external August 2017.docx; my full academic CV is below. 

Sarah Oates

Philip Merrill College of Journalism

2105 Knight Hall

University of Maryland, College Park MD 20742

Telephone: 301-405-4510        



Personal website (for downloads of papers, etc.):

Twitter: media_politics

Last update: June 2017


I.B. Academic Appointments at UMD

Professor and Senior Scholar, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, August 2012 – present

University ADVANCE Professor of Journalism, 2014-2016

Affiliate Professor, Department of Communication, 2015-present


I.C. Administrative Appointments at UMD

Journalism College Director of Doctoral Studies, 2012-2016

Journalism College Director of Research, 2014-present


I.D. Other Employment

Professor of Political Communication, Politics Department, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2008-2012

Acting Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Law, Business and Social Sciences, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2009

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Politics Department, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 2005-2008

Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Politics Department, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom,


Research Assistant, Politics Department, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom


Reporter and copy editor, The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, 1986-1992


I.E. Educational Background

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. PhD in Political Science

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. MA in Political Science  

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, BA in English


II.A. Books (include full citation information and ISBN)

II.A.1. Books Authored (specify original or revised edition)

Oates, Sarah. 2013. Revolution Stalled: The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere. New York: Oxford University Press (Digital Politics Series). ISBN 0199735956. Original edition.


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


Oates, Sarah. 2006. Television, Democracy and Elections in Russia. London: RoutledgeCurzon. ISBN 0415381347. Original edition.


II.A.2. Books Edited

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


Wyman, Matthew, Stephen White, and Sarah Oates. 1998. Elections and Voters in Post-Communist Russia. London: Edward Elgar. ISBN 1858987431. Original edition.


II.A.3. Books Translated (as translator)


II.A.4. Textbooks

Oates, Sarah. 2008. Introduction to Media and Politics. London: SAGE. ISBN-13 978-1412902625. Original edition.


II.A.5. Major Reference Works

II.A.6. Exhibition Catalogs

II.A.7. Other


II.B. Chapters

II.B.1. Books

Oates, Sarah. 2016. Trump, Media, and the “Oxygen of Publicity.” In Darren Lilleker, Daniel Jackson, Einar Thorsen and Anastasia Veneti (eds.) U.S. Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Bournemouth UK: Bournemouth University Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture & Community: 22-25. ISBN 978-1-910042-10-6.


Oates, Sarah. 2014. Russia’s Media and Political Communication in the Digital Age. In Stephen White, Richard Sakwa, and Henry Hale (eds.) Developments in Russian Politics 8. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0822358121.


Oates, Sarah. 2014. Towards on Online Bill of Rights. In Luciano Floridi (ed.) The Onlife Manifesto: Being Human in Hyper-Connected Era. London: Springer. ISBN-13: 978-3319040929.


Oates, Sarah. 2012. Post-Soviet Political Communication. In Holli Semetko and Margaret Scammell (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication: 461-471. ISBN-13 978-1847874399.


Oates, Sarah and Gillian McCormack. 2009. Media and Political Communication. In Stephen White, Richard Sakwa, and Henry Hale (eds.) Developments in Russian Politics 7. Basingstoke: Palgrave. ISBN 978-0230224490.


Oates, Sarah. 2008. Election Coverage in the Russian Federation. In Jesper Strömbeck and Lynda Lee Kaid (eds.) Handbook of Election Coverage Around the World. New York: SAGE: 355-367. ISBN 978-0805860375.


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


Oates, Sarah and Rachel K. Gibson. 2005. The Internet, Civil Society and Democracy: A Comparative Perspective. In Sarah Oates, Diana Owen and Rachel K. Gibson (eds.) The Internet and Politics: Citizens, Voters and Activists. London: Routledge: 20-38. ISBN 041534784X.


Oates, Sarah. 2005. Where’s the Party?: Television and Political Image in Russia. In Katrin Voltmer (ed.) Mass Media and New Democracies. London: Routledge: 152-167. ISBN 0203328663.


Oates, Sarah. 2005. Media, Civil Society, and the Failure of the Fourth Estate in Russia. In Alfred B. Evans Jr., Laura A. Henry, and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom (eds.) Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe Inc.: 57-72. ISBN 0765615215.


Oates, Sarah. 2004. Post-Soviet Political Style: Parties, Television and Voters. In Geir Flikke (ed.) The Uncertainties of Putin’s Democracy. Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs: 109-128. ISBN 8270021008.


Oates, Sarah. 2003. Television, Voters, and the Development of the ‘Broadcast Party.’ In Vicki L. Hesli and William M. Reisinger (eds.) The 1999-2000 Elections in Russia: Their Impact and Legacy. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: 978-0521816762


Oates, Sarah. 1998. Party Platforms: Toward a Definition of the Russian Political Spectrum. 1998. in In John Löwenhardt (ed). Party Politics in Post-Communist Russia. London: Frank Cass: 76-97. ISBN 0714644439


II.B.2. Collections

II.B.3. Encyclopedia

II.B.4. Series

II.B.5. Research Paper

II.B.6. Other

The Political Limits of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Sphere


II.C. Articles in Refereed Journals

Trevisan, Filippo, Andrew Hoskins, Sarah Oates and Dounia Mahlouly. 2016. The Google Voter: Search Engines and Elections in the New Media Ecology. Information, Communication & Society: 1-18 (published online December 2, 2016)


Oates, Sarah. 2016. Russian Media in the Digital Age: Propaganda Rewired. Russian Politics 1(4): 398-417.


Smyth, Regina and Sarah Oates. 2015. Mind the Gaps: Media Use and Mass Action in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies 67(2): 285-305.


Oates, Sarah. 2014. Glasnost 2.0. Democratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 22 (2): 277-293.


Oates, Sarah. 2012. Political Challengers or Political Outcasts?: Comparing Online Communication for the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and the British Liberal Democrats. Europe-Asia Studies 64(8): 1460–1485.


Oates, Sarah. 2011. Going Native: The Value in Reconceptualizing International Internet Service Providers as Domestic Media Outlets. Philosophy & Technology 24 (4): 391-409.


Barnett, Brooke, Laura Roselle, Amy Reynolds, and Sarah Oates. 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


Pryce, Gwilym and Sarah Oates. 2008. Rhetoric in the Language of Real Estate Marketing. Housing Studies 23(2): 319-348.


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


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


Oates, Sarah. 2006. Framing Fear: Findings from a Study of Election News and Terrorist Threat in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies 58(2): 281-290.


White, Stephen, Ian McAllister, and Sarah Oates. 2005. Media Effects and the Russian Elections, 1999-2000. The British Journal of Political Science 35(2): 191-208.


White, Stephen and Sarah Oates. 2003. Politics and the Media in Postcommunist Russia. Politics 23(1): 31-37.


White, Stephen, Bill Miller, and Sarah Oates. 2003. The 'Clash of Civilizations' and Postcommunist Europe. Comparative European Politics 1(2): 111-127.


White, Stephen, Ian McAllister, and Sarah Oates. 2002. Was It Russian Public Television That Won It? The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 7(2): 17-33.


White, Stephen, Bill Miller, Åse Grødeland, and Sarah Oates. 2000. Religion and Political Action in Postcommunist Europe. Political Studies 48(4): 681-705.


Oates, Sarah and Laura Roselle. 2000. Russian Elections and TV News: Comparison of Campaign News on State-Controlled and Commercial Television Channels. The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics 5(2): 30-51.


White, Stephen, Clelia Rontoyanni, William Miller, and Sarah Oates. 2000. Eastern Publics and Western Enlargement. International Politics 37(3): 323-344.


Oates, Sarah. 2000. Russia's Parliamentary Elections: The Dirty Road to the Duma. Problems of Post-Communism 47(2): 30-51.


Oates, Sarah. 1998. Party Platforms: Toward a Definition of the Russian Political Spectrum. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 14(1-2): 79-97.


White, Stephen, Matthew Wyman, and Sarah Oates. 1997. Parties and Voters in the 1995 Russian Parliamentary Elections. Europe-Asia Studies 49(5): 767-798.


Oates, Sarah. 1997. Regional Results in the 1996 Russian Presidential Elections. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics 13(1), pages 123-131.


II.D. Published Conference Proceedings

II.D.1. Refereed Conference Proceedings

II.D.2. Non-Refereed Conference Proceedings

II.D.3. Historical Conference Proceedings (10+ years ago)

II.D.4. Other


II.E. Conferences, Workshops, and Talks

II.E.1. Keynotes

II.E.2. Invited Talks


Invited discussant/participant. May 2017. Propaganda and Media Manipulation Workshop. Data & Society, New York City, NY.


Oates, Sarah. March 2016. Invited speaker on panel: Economic and Legal Conditions in the Field of Media in Eastern Europe at the Media, Politics, and Society at the Eastern Europe and the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere Conference. Annual Meeting of the German Association for East European Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde e.V.) Mainz, Germany.


Oates, Sarah. October 2015. Invited speaker on panel: Covering terrorism or tooled by terrorists? A media dilemma at the #Editors 3D Digital/Diversity/Disruption. Annual meeting of the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors (ASNE/APME), Palo Alto, California.


Oates, Sarah. October 2013. Glasnost 2.0. Horizons of Knowledge Lecture at the University of Indiana, Indianapolis.


Oates, Sarah. September 2013.  Power, Technology, and Information: Glasnost 2.0 or What Russians Can Learn from the Arab Spring. Paper presented at the Media and Democratization in Post-Soviet Nations Workshop, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.


Oates, Sarah. April 2013. #Politics: The Social Media Revolution in Putin’s Russia. Invited presentation for the Russian Studies Program, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida.


Oates, Sarah. May 2012. Inter-Media Debate, Agenda-Setting and Contagion in Russia. With Floriana Fossato and Anna Kachkaeva. Presentation at the Oxford Internet Institute


Oates, Sarah. August 2011. Roundtable participant, Reporting the Independence Referendum, Festival of Politics, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh.  


Oates, Sarah. November 2010. Back to the Future: Changing Research Design to Improve Methods and Measurements for Media Freedom Indicators. Invited paper presented at the Measuring Press Freedom Conference (co-sponsored by the American Political Science Association and the Annenberg Foundation), Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.


Oates, Sarah. March 2010. Political Party Websites as Mirror or Prism: Comparing Russian Communists and British Liberal-Democrats in the Online Sphere. Paper presented at the New Media in New Europe-Asia Workshop at the University of Birmingham, sponsored by the Centre for East European Language-Based Studies (University College London, University of Oxford, and University of Birmingham), Birmingham, March 2010.


Oates, Sarah. October 2007. Putin and the Neo-Soviet Model of the Media. St Antony’s College Oxford, Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Seminar.


Oates, Sarah. September 2007. Media and Public Policy: Does the Nation Control Television or Television Control the Nation? Scottish Policy Innovation Forum, Glasgow.


Oates, Sarah. January 2004. Post-Soviet Political Style: Parties, Television and Voters. Presented at the Centre for Russian Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs Conference on Putin, Oslo, Norway.  

Oates, Sarah. April 2000. Television, Voters and Democracy in Russia: The Development of the 'Broadcast Party', 1993-2000, paper presented at the Shambaugh Conference on Russian Politics, University of Iowa.

II.E.3. Refereed Presentations


Oates, Sarah. May 2017. Mapping Russian Propaganda in a Rewired World: Leveraging the Analytic Power of Strategic Narrative and Computational Linguistics. Paper Delivered at The Consequences for the Internet for Authoritarian Politics: Comparative Perspectives Conference Workshop, International Communication Association Annual Conference, May 2017, San Diego, California. 


Oates, Sarah and Wendy W. Moe. August 2016. Donald Trump and the “Oxygen of Publicity”: Branding, Social Media, and Mass Media in the 2016 Presidential Primary Elections. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Political Communication Section, Philadelphia, PA. Download at:


Oates, Sarah. March 2016. The Hybrid Propaganda Tracker Model: Measuring the Efficacy of Russian Strategic Narrative via Traditional and Social Media. Paper prepared for the

International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.


Oates, Sarah. May 2015. The Case for "Liberation Journalism:" Evidence From Russia That the Fourth Estate is Critical to Democracy in the Internet Age. Paper presented at the International Communication Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Oates, Sarah. August 2014. Russian State Narrative in the Digital Age: Rewired Propaganda in Russian Television News Framing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.


Oates, Sarah. January 2014. Journalism and the Rewired Audience. Presented at the Rethinking Journalism II Conference, Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands.


Twilight of the Gods?: 2013. How the Internet Challenged Russian News Frames in the Winter Protests of 2011-12. Paper presented at International Association of Media and Communication Research, Dublin, Ireland.


Trevisan, Filippo and Sarah Oates. 2012. Same Recipe but Different Ingredients? Challenges and Methodologies of Comparative Internet/Politics Research. Paper prepared for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


Oates, Sarah and Ali Fisher. August 2011. The Effect of Democratic Discourse in Non-Democratic States: Russian Political Parties On Line. Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Research Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland,


Oates, Sarah. September 2011. From Parent to Protestor on the Post-Soviet Internet: Locating and Evaluating Political Web Spaces for Families of Children with Genetic Disabilities in Russia. Presented at the Political Communication Section Pre-Conference, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 2010.


Oates, Sarah. August 2008. From Political ‘Surf’ to Political ‘Turf’?: Developing Website Analysis to Better Understand the Internet as a Political Catalyst. Presented at the 6th Annual Pre-Conference on Political Communication at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston.


Oates, Sarah. April 2008. Comrades Online?: How the Russian Case Challenges the Democratising Potential of the Internet. Presented at Politics: Web 2.0 International Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, England.


Oates, Sarah. March 2008. The Russian Internet: Formed More by International or National Media Norms? Presented at the Post-Soviet Media Research Methodology Workshop, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham.


Pryce, Gwilym and Sarah Oates. 2008. The Language of Estate Agency, Findings in Built and Rural Environment. Presented at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, London.

Barnett, Brooke, Amy Reynolds, Laura Roselle, and Sarah Oates. August 2007. Journalism & Terrorism Across the Atlantic: A Qualitative Content Analysis of CNN and BBC Coverage of 9/11 and 7/7. Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.  


Oates, Sarah and Andrew Williams. September 2006. Comparative Aspects of Terrorism Coverage: Television and Voters in the 2004 U.S. and 2005 British Elections. Presented at the Political Communication Section Pre-Conference of the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia.


Oates, Sarah. May 2006. Through A Lens Darkly?: Russian Television and Terrorism Coverage in Comparative Perspective. Presented at the Mass Media in Post-Soviet Russia International Conference, University of Surrey, United Kingdom.  


Oates, Sarah and Monica Postelnicu. September 2005. Citizen or Comrade?: Terrorist Threat in Election Campaigns in Russia and the U.S.. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C.  


Oates, Sarah. September 2004. The Mass Media, Elections, and the Failure of Democracy in Russia. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago.


Oates, Sarah. September 2004. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: The Role of Terrorist Threat in Russian Election Campaigns. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago.  


Oates, Sarah. April 2004. From the Archives of the European Institute for the Media: Analysing the Results of a Decade of Monitoring of Post-Soviet Elections. Presented at the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England.


Oates, Sarah. September 2002. “No Better Heroes”: Political Images, Elections and Russian Viewers. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston.


Oates, Sarah. May 2002. "You Watch in Pain”: What Russians Dislike About Their Television Programming. Presented at the Russian Politics Under Putin Conference, Centre for European Political Research, University of Dundee, Scotland.


Oates, Sarah. March 2002. Tuning Out Democracy: Television, Voters and Parties in Russia, 1993-2000. Presented at the Political Communication, Mass Media and Consolidation of New Democracies Workshop, European Consortium of Political Research, Turin, Italy.


Oates, Sarah. April 2000. The Advent of the 'Broadcast Party': Parties, Voters and Television in Russia, 1993-1999. Presented at the Political Studies Association Annual Meeting, London School of Economics, England.

Miller, William L., Sarah Oates, and Åse Grødeland. March 1999. The Soviet Legacy in Voting Behaviour?: Support for Left Parties in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Paper presented at the European Aspects of Post-Communist Party Development Workshop, European Consortium for Political Research, Mannheim, Germany.

Oates, Sarah and Laura Roselle Helvey. September 1998. What's the Story? A Comparison of Campaign News on State-Owned and Independent Television Networks in Russia. Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston.

Oates, Sarah. October 1997. Parties, Television and Image in the Russian Parliamentary Elections of 1995. Presented at the Images of Politics Conference at the Netherlands Audiovisual Archive, Amsterdam.

Oates, Sarah and Laura Roselle Helvey. August 1997. Russian Television's Mixed Messages: Parties, Candidates and Control on Vremya, 1995-1996. Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Wyman, Matthew, Sarah Oates, Stephen White, and Ian McAllister. August 1997. How Russia's Regions Vote: Mapping Electoral Change in a New Democracy. Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Oates, Sarah. August 1996. The Impact of Campaign on Vote Choice in the Russian Duma Elections of 1995. Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Oates, Sarah. January 1995. Fur Hats in the Ring: The Russian Parliamentary Campaign of 1993. Paper Presented at the Party Politics in the Year 2000 Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester, England.


II.E.4. Refereed Abstracts

II.E.5. Refereed Posters

II.E.6. Refereed Panels

II.E.7. Non-Refereed Presentations


Oates, Sarah. April 2017.  Meme Tracking: A Tool for Detecting and Deterring Russian Propaganda in U.S. Media. Presentation at the Revisiting Research on Russian Media PONARS Eurasia Workshop, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.


Oates, Sarah. April 2017. Potemkin Messages and the U.S. Media Audience: How Much Does Russian Propaganda Matter? Paper presented at the Repression and Resilience Conference on Russian Media, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


Sarah Oates. January 2017. Meme Tracking:  A New Way of Detecting and Tracking the Influence of Post-Soviet Propaganda. Paper presented at the DC Area Postcommunist Politics Social Science Workshop, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.



Oates, Sarah. October 2015. Covering terrorists or tooled by terrorists? A media dilemma. Presented at the American Society of News Editors-Associated Press Media Editors (ASNE-APME) #Editors 3D Digital Diversity Disruption Convention. Palo Alto, CA.


Oates, Sarah. March 2012. Convergence 2.0: Factors in the 'Russian Spring' for Modeling Journalism and Democracy. Presented at the Political Journalism in Transition Workshop. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. 


Oates, Sarah. February 2012. One Country, Two Audiences: Television and the Internet in Russia. Research presentation at the Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia.


Oates, Sarah. November 2011. Web Diplomacy 2.0: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges in Exporting Democracy On Line. Paper presented at the 2011 International Affairs Conference on Democratisation and New Media, The Royal Irish Academy.


Oates, Sarah. March 2003. Beacon for Democracy or Tool for Oppression? Fitting the Internet into Political Communication Models in Non-Free States. Presented at the Changing Media and Civil Society Workshop, European Consortium for Political Research, Edinburgh.


Oates, Sarah. May 1997. Russian Party Platforms: Charting Issues in the 1993 and 1995 Duma Campaigns. Presented at the Party Politics in Postcommunist Russia Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.


II.E.8. Non-Refereed Abstracts

II.E.9. Non-Refereed Posters

II.E.10. Non-Refereed Panels

II.E.11. Symposia

II.E.12. Workshops


March 2003. Co-organized Changing Media and Civil Society Workshop, European Consortium for Political Research, Edinburgh.


May 1997. Co-organized Party Politics in Postcommunist Russia Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom.


II.E.13. Colloquia

II.E.14. Historical Conferences, Workshops, Talks (10+ years ago)

II.E.15. Other



II.F. Professional Publications

II.F.1. Reports and Non-Refereed Monographs


Report on Russia. 2015. Freedom of the Press 2015. New York: Freedom House. Available online at


Report on Russia. 2014. Freedom of the Press 2014. New York: Freedom House. Available online at


Hoskins, Andrew, Sarah Oates, Filippo Trevisan, and Dounia Mahlouly. December 2014. Internet Search and Elections in Established and Challenged Democracies. Report prepared for the U.K. Economic and Social Research Council Google Analytics Social Science Programme. Available at


Oates, Sarah. July 2005. Selling Fear?: The Framing of Terrorist Threat in Elections, in Security, Terrorism and the U.K., London: Chatham House International Security Programme/New Security Challenges Briefing Paper 05/01: 7-8.


Oates, Sarah and Gwilym Pryce. October 2007. Pathos and patter in real estate parlance. Scottish Housing Economics and Finance Research Network (SHEFRN) Discussion Paper. October  2007. Available at


II.F.2. Pre-Print/Working Paper (Not Work in Progress)

II.F.3. Legal Briefs

II.F.4. Policy Briefs

II.F.5. Other


II.G. Book Reviews, Notes, and Other Contributions

II.G. 1. Book Reviews


Oates, Sarah. 2016. Review of Democracy’s Double-Edged Sword: How Internet Use Changes Citizens’ Views of their Government. By Katie Snow Baillard. Review published by Political Communication 33 (1): 164-166.


Oates, Sarah. 2015. Review of From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media, and Moral Panic in the United States, 1905-2010. By Shayla Thiel-Stern. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014. Review published by Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 92(4): 1018-1020.


Oates, Sarah. 2015. Review of Party Colonisation of the Media in Central and Eastern Europe. By Péter Bajomi-Lázár Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, Budapest-New York, 2014.  ISBN 978-963-386-041-0. Review published in The International Journal of Press/Politics 20(3), pages 388-390.


Oates, Sarah. 2011. Review of Television and Culture in Putin’s Russia: Remote Control. By Stephen Hutchings and Natalia Rulyova (eds.) New York: Routledge 2009. Review published in Slavonic and East European Review 89(3), pages 589-590.

Oates, Sarah. 2007. Review of Voting for Russia’s Governors: Regional Elections and Accountability Under Yeltsin and Putin. By Andrew Konitzer. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2005. Review published in The Russian Review 66(2), pages 350-351.


Oates, Sarah. 2003. Review of Baltic Media in Transition.  By Peeter Vihalemm (ed.) Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2002. Review published in Europe-Asia Studies 55(7), pages 1146-1147.


Oates, Sarah. 2000. Review of Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia. By Timothy J. Colton. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000. Review published in American Political Science Review 96(1), pages 233-235.


Oates, Sarah. 2001. Review of Postcommunist. By Richard Sakwa. Buckingham (UK): Open University Press, 1999. Review published in Democratization 8(2), pages 252-253.


II.G. 2. Essays

II.G. 3. Notes

II.G. 4. Manuals

II.G. 5.Other


II.H. Completed Creative Works

II.H.1. Digital Media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)

II.H.2. Datasets

II.H.3. Constructed Projects

II.H.4. Demonstrations

II.H.5. Inventions


UMD Disclosure Reference IS-2017-046

PropagandaIQ: Product that leverages strategic narrative knowledge, social-media metrics, network analytics, and computational linguistics to produce actionable intelligence on the spread of foreign state propaganda in domestic media systems.


II.H.6. Original Plans and Designs

II.H.7. Photography

II.H.8. Software and Applications

II.H.9. Websites

II.H.10. Exhibitions and Installations

II.H.11. Curatorial Practice

II.H.12. Performance or Interpretation – Performing Arts

II.H.13. Direction - Performing Arts

II.H.14. Production - Performing Arts

II.H.15. Costume, Stage, Multimedia, and Theatrical Design

II.H.16. Artistic and Graphic Design

II.H.17. Dramaturgy

II.H.18. Artwork

II.H.19. Choreography

II.H.20. Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Musical Composition 

II.H.21. Works of Creative Writing

II.H.22. Performance or Interpretation - Film, Video, and Multimedia

II.H.23. Direction - Film, Video, and Multimedia

II.H.24. Production - Film, Video, and Multimedia

II.H.25. Citations and Reviews

II.H.26. Historical Completed Creative Works (10+ years ago)

II.H.27. Other



II.I Significant Works in Public Media

Specify the following – Title, Publication/Media Name, Contributors, Types (Print, online, broadcast, video, documentary)

II.I.1. Explanatory, Investigative, or Long-Form Journalism

II.I.2. Other Significant Journalism

II.I.3. Commentary/Analysis


Oates, Sarah. May 24, 2017. After Manchester, Brits to keep calm and carry on at ballot box. Invited Politico analysis.


Oates, Sarah. January 13, 2017. How Russian ‘kompromat’ destroys political opponents, no facts required. Alleged sex, Kremlin lies and secretly obtained videotapes. Invited Washington Post opinion article (online and in print edition).


II.I.4. Interactive Online Database

II.I.5. Other


II.J. Sponsored Research

List source, title, amount awarded, time period and role (i.e. principal investigator or co-investigator) in reverse chronological order or its inverse.  If there are co-investigators, please list these.

II.J.1. Grants


UM Ventures Seed Grant, University of Maryland Office of Technology Commercialization. PropagandaIQ. Grant to develop propaganda detection research into tool. $15,000. June 2017-January 2018. Principal investigator/inventor.


ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence, University of Maryland, 2015-16 Seed Grant Program, “Building a Voter Intelligence Dashboard: Applying Social Media Brand Metrics to Political Campaigns.” Principal investigator with Prof. Wendy Moe (University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business).  $25,000. April 2015-December 2016.


Future of Information Alliance. Research Impact Quotient (Research IQ): Designing a Dashboard to Track How Grant Funding Translates into Knowledge. December 2013-April 2014. $23,000. Seed Grant. Lead investigator.


U.K Economic and Social Research Council. Google: The Role of Internet Search in Elections in Established and Challenged Democracies. June 2012-March 2014. £150,000 ($225,000). Co-applicant and Senior Researcher.  


U.K Economic and Social Research Council. The Internet and Everyday Rights in Russia  October 2010-September 2012. £99,047 ($163,000 USD). Principal investigator. Co-investigator: Dr. Vikki Turbine (University of Glasgow).


U.K. Economic and Social Research Council: Google UK Forum II (Knowledge Transfer Small Grant), £9,400 ($15,400 USD), May 2011-April 2012. Principal investigator.


British Academy: International Potential, National Limits: Investigating the Role of the Russian Internet in Constraining the Social Agenda. April 2010-December 2011. £6,780 ($11,100 USD). Principal investigator.


The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland: Decoding the Online Sphere in the Post-Soviet Region. April 2010-March 2011. £1,020 ($1,675 USD). Principal investigator.


U.K New Security Challenges Program (Project 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. January 2008-October 2009. £415,000 ($681,000 USD), January 2008-October 2009, co-investigator. Principal investigators: Prof. Teal Triggs (University of the Arts London) and Prof. Mike Press (University of Dundee). Co-investigators: Dr. Brooke Rogers (King’s College London), Prof. Richard Luxton (University of the West of England), Andrew Wootton (University of Salford), and Dr. Louise Amoore (Durham University).


U.K New Security Challenges Program (Economic and Social Research Council): The Framing of Terrorist Threat in British Elections. April 2005-December 2006. £46,000 ($75,500). Principal investigator. Co-Investigator: Ms. Kate Smith (Abertay University).


U.K New Security Challenges Program (Economic and Social Research Council): The Framing of Terrorist Threat in U.S. and Russian Elections. October 2003-October 2005. £44,000 ($72,200 USD), October 2003-October 2005. Principal investigator.


U.K Economic and Social Research Council: Building a New Democracy?: Television, Citizens and Voting in Russia. February 2000-August 2001. £40,000 ($65,600 USD). Principal investigator. Co-investigator: Prof. Stephen White (University of Glasgow).


Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University Research Grant. 1995. $5,000.  


International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) Dissertation Award. 1995-6. $5,000.  


II.J.2. Contracts


II.J.3. Other


II.K. Fellowships, Gifts and Other Funded Research

II.K.1. Fellowships

Leverhulme Research Fellowship,  July 2003-July 2004. Project: Media and Civil Society in the Newly Independent States, £12,700 ($20,800 USD)


Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Award, 1995-6. $42,000


II.K.2. Gifts

II.K.3. Other



II.L. Submissions and Works in Progress

List press, journal, or granting agency.

II.L.1. Current Grant Applications

UMD ADVANCE Seed Grant application for $20,000: Building a Voter Intelligence Dashboard: Applying Social Media Brand Metrics to Political Campaigns.


II.L.2. Manuscripts in Preparation

The Google Voter, book manuscript to submit to Oxford University Press (co-authored with Andrew Hoskins and Filippo Trevisan)

II.L.3. Manuscripts under Review (indicate status:  submitted or revising to resubmit)

II.L.4. Working Papers in Preparation

II.L.5. Designs in Preparation

II.L.6. Other


II.M. Centers for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Specify Name of the Center, Description of Center, Collaborators, Start and End Dates.

II.M.1. Centers Established

II.M.2. Centers Directed

II.M.3. Symposia Organized (through center)

II.M.4. Other


II.N. Patents

II.N.1. Device

II.N.2. Other


II.O. Other Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities

Founder and coordinator of academic network with Google UK, 2010-2103.

Expert for Digital Futures project for the Digital Agenda for Europe, European Commission, 2011-2013.


III.A. Courses Taught 


JOUR800: Introduction to Doctoral Studies (approximately 5 students per year)

HONR2783: Internet, Democracy, and Dictatorship (Honours course, approx. 20 per year)

JOUR698X: Internet, Communication and Change (approximately 4 students per year)

JOUR801: Advanced Theory (approximately 5 students per year)

JOUR200: Journalism History (30 students)

JOUR698L: Research seminar (8 students)

JOUR808B: Teaching and Learning Transformation (4 students)


At the University of Glasgow:

Political Institutions, Crisis and Communication. Graduate Seminar. Averaged 15 students per semester.  

Media, Conflict and Change: Advanced undergraduate course. Averaged 30 students per semester.


III.B. Teaching Innovations

III.B.1. Major Programs Established

Founded MSc in Political Communication in 2006 at the University of Glasgow.

III.B.2. Education Abroad Established

Taught in joint Ukrainian-European PhD initiative funded by the TEMPUS project of the European Union (between Kyiv-Mohyla University and University of Glasgow), 2011-2012.


III.B.3. Software, Applications, Online Education, etc.

III.B.4. Instructional Workshops and Seminars Established

III.B.5. Course or Curriculum Development

III.B.6. Historical Innovations (10+ years ago)

III.B.7. Other

Organized and led first Research Hackathon for Journalism College, May 2014.


III.C. Advising: Research or Clinical

This refers to students whose projects the faculty has supervised as adviser, committee chair, or committee member (indicate role). The name of student, academic year(s) involved, and the name of institution if other than UMD should be indicated, as well as placement of the student(s), if the project is completed.  List completed work first.

III.C.1. Undergraduate

III.C.2. Master’s

III.C.3. Doctoral



Briant, Emma. ‘Special Relationships’ and the Negotiation of an Anglo-American Propaganda ‘War on Terror’. Successfully defended in July 2011. Co-chair with Prof. Greg Philo (Glasgow). Permanent academic post at Sheffield University (UK). Supervised at the University of Glasgow.


Reilly, John Paul. Framing Online Communication of Civil and Uncivil Groups in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. Successfully defended in 2008. Chair. Permanent academic post at University of Leicester (UK). Supervised at the University of Glasgow.


Furusawa, Katsuto. Values and Democracy: Postmateralist Shift Versus Cultural Particularity in Russia, the USA, Britain and Japan. Successfully defended in 2008. Co-chair with Prof. Stephen White (Glasgow). Working in Japan. Supervised at the University of Glasgow.


Ramsay, Gordon. The Evolution of Televised Election Coverage in Britain and its Impact on the Democratic Political Process. Viva scheduled for September 20, 2011. Co-chair with Dr. Ana Langer (Glasgow). Research Fellow, Media Standards Trust, King's College London (UK). Supervised at the University of Glasgow.


Trevisan, Filippo. Disabled People, the Internet and Participation: Building a Better Society?Exploring Issues of Disability and Online Citizenship in the UK and Beyond. Successfully defended in 2013. Co-chair with Dr. Charlotte Pearson (Glasgow). Will start tenure-track assistant professor job at American University in July 2015 after two years of post-doctoral appointments at the University of Glasgow. Supervised at the University of Glasgow.


Eckert, Stine. Member of PhD Committee. Successfully defended in 2014. Employed in tenure-track post at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.


Incollingo, Jackie. Member of PhD Committee. Successfully defended in 2014. Employed in tenure-track post at Rider University, Lawrence, NJ. 


Koliska, Michael. Member of PhD Committee. Successfully defended in 2015. Employed in tenure-track post at Auburn University, Auburn, AL.


In progress:

Nynka, Andrew. Normative Roles of Journalists in Ukraine. Chair. Currently under supervision at UMD.


Nurmis, Joanna. The Role of Image in Informing Audiences in Climate Change. Chair. Currently under supervision at UMD.


Wells, Rob. ‘A Reporter’s Paper’: The National Thrift News, Journalist Autonomy and the Savings and Loan Crisis. Chair of PhD Committee. Currently under supervision at UMD.


Lokot, Tetiana. Augmented Dissent: The Affordances of ICTs for Citizen Protest. Chair of PhD Committee. Currently under supervision at UMD.


DeMunbrun, Ron. The Media and Anti-Hunger Policy in America: Problem, Policy, Policy Tool, Policy Objective, and Policy End—Relationship between Frames. Chair of PhD Committee. Currently under supervision at UMD.


Xu, Boya. Chair of PhD Committee. Currently under supervision at UMD.


III.C.4. Post-doctoral

III.C.5. Other Research Directions (K-12 Interactions)


III.D. Mentorship

III.D.1. Junior Faculty

Faculty mentor for Nick Diakopoulos, Assistant Professor who started August 2014.

III.D.2. Other



III.E. Advising: Other than Research Direction

III.E.1. Undergraduate

III.E.2. Master’s

III.E.3. Doctoral

III.E.4. Post-doctoral

III.E.5. Other Advising Activities

(Include advising student groups, special assignments, recruiting, etc.)


III.F. Professional and Extension Education

III.F.1. Professional Programs Established

III.F.2. Major Extension Programs

III.F.3. Workshops

III.F.4. Other


III.G. Other Teaching Activities



IV. Service and Outreach


IV.A. Editorships, Editorial Boards, and Reviewing Activities

Include participation for journals and other learned publications (print and electronic).

IV.A.1. Editorships

IV.A.2. Editorial Boards


Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Press/Politics, 2008-present.

Editorial Board Member, Europe-Asia Studies, 2001-present.


IV.A.3. Reviewing Activities for Journals and Presses

Manuscript reviewer for book publishers including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Duke University Press, Manchester University Press, Routledge, Palgrave/Macmillan.


Review submissions for journals including:

Political Communication

The International Journal of Press/Politics

American Journal of Political Science

 Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of Politics

The British Journal of Political Science

 Journal of Communist and Post-Communist Studies

The European Journal of Political Research

Politics, New Media & Society

Philosophy & Technology

Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism


IV.A.4. Reviewing Activities for Agencies and Foundations

Member, Political Communication Section Prize Committee, American Political Science Association, 2008-9 and 2010-11. 


Reviewer, Scottish Universities Insight Institute, 2009-2010

Member, British Economic and Social Research Council Virtual College, October 2008-September 2011. One of seven political scientists in Britain to serve as central reviewer on grants to the council, the funding agency for social-science research in the United Kingdom.  Also consulted on research council policy.


Reviewer, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, 2010.


External Reviewer, Staff Research Profiling Exercise, Manchester University, 2009.


External Examiner, MSc in International Political Communication, Advocacy and Campaigning, Kingston University (London), August 2008-August 2012


External PhD examiner, Leeds University, 2009


External PhD examiner, University College London, Goldsmiths, 2010


IV.A.5. Reviewing Activities for Conferences

Member, Committee of the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) 2010 Conference.


Conference paper proposal reviewer for Comparing Political Communication Across Time and Space, Conference of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Political Communication Section (Madrid, Spain). 2011.


IV.A.6. Historical Editorships, etc. (10+ years ago)

IV.A.7. Other


IV.B. Committees, Professional & Campus Service

IV.B.1. Campus Service – Department

IV.B.2. Campus Service – College

Director of Doctoral Studies, 2013-present

Faculty Affairs Committee, 2013-present (chair, 2014-present)

APT, 2012-present

Search committee (assistant professor/computational journalism), 2013-14 (chair)

Search committee (associate dean/internal search), 2014

College Merit Pay Review Committee, 2013-2014 (chair)

Doctoral Studies Committee (chair, 2013-present)


IV.B.3. Campus Service – University

Committee of Associate Dean for Graduate Education, member, 2013-present

Research Development Committee, member, 2014-present

Dean’s Scholarship Committee, Graduate School, member 2014, chair of committee 2015

APT, 2014-present

Plan of Organization Committee, 2014-2015

College Associate Deans for Graduate Education (College Representative), 2014-present

Banneker-Key Scholarship Selection Committee, 2015


IV.B.4. Campus Service - Special Administrative Assignment

ADVANCE Professor, August 2014-present (reappointed for 2015-16 session as of May 2015).

ADVANCE Leadership Fellow, 2013-14


IV.B.5. Campus Service - Other

IV.B.6. Offices and Committee Memberships

IV.B.7. Leadership Roles in Meetings and Conferences

IV.B.8. Other Non-University Committees, Memberships, Panels, etc.

IV.B.9. Historical Committees, etc. (10+ years ago)

IV.B.10. Other


IV.C. External Service and Consulting

IV.C.1. Community Engagements, Local, State, National, International

Volunteer Writing Coach and Assessor. The Posse Foundation, Washington, DC. (2014-present)


Jordanhill Out of School Service Club, Glasgow (UK). Board member, 2003-2006 (chair, 2004-6).

Jordanhill School Board of Managers, Glasgow (UK). 2005-2008.


IV.C.2. International Activities

Participant, New Security Challenges program of the Research Councils of the United Kingdom, 2003-2010. Contribute to workshops on role of communication in security for British government agencies, including Home Office and Cabinet Office.


Participant, Pontignano Conference, Rome, Italy. Joint discussions and workshops between British and Italian policy-makers and academics, sponsored by the British Council, September 2011.


Participant and group rapporteur, UK-Russian Security Policy Seminars, Institute of Europe at the Russian Academy of Sciences. Sponsored by the British Foreign Office and the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy, University of Birmingham. Moscow, November 2007 and November 2009.


Designed and delivered political communication course to 25 young academics from former Soviet sphere in Open Society Program on media literacy, a joint project of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Towson University. Kyiv, Ukraine, July 2006. Funded by the Soros Foundation.


BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs Review Panel, 2003.



IV.C.3. Corporate and Other Board Memberships

IV.C.4. Entrepreneurial Activities

IV.C.5. Consultancies (to local, state and federal agencies; companies; organizations)

Lead Consultant, Internet Futures Team, InterMedia, Washington D.C. January 2011 to March 2012.

IV.C.6. Historical External Service and Consulting (10+ years ago)

IV.C.7. Other


IV.D. Non-Research Presentations

IV.D.1. Outreach Presentations

IV.D.2 Other   


IV.E. Media Contributions

IV.E.1. Internet

IV.E.2. TV

Appeared on BBC television to discuss elections/other political issues several times from 2008-2017.

IV.E.3. Radio

One of most-quoted academics at the University of Glasgow, particularly during elections. Heard on BBC Scotland Radio approximately 15-20 times annually from 2007-2012.

IV.E.4. Digital Media

IV.E.5. Print Media

Routinely quoted in Scottish local press, including The Herald (Glasgow). Have appeared on Scottish Television nightly news as well as on Scottish commercial radio to comment on elections.


IV.E.6. Blogs

IV.E.7. Feeds

IV.E.8. Other


IV.F Community & Other Service


V. Awards, Honors and Recognition

V.1. Research Fellowships, Prizes and Awards

Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate, appointed February 2016.

Alex Nove Prize in Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, 2013 (for book, Revolution Stalled)

Leverhulme Research Fellowship,  July 2003-July 2004

Fulbright Award, 1995-1996

V.2 Teaching Awards 

V.3 Service Awards and Honors

V.4 Recognition in Media

V.5 Other Special Recognition




VI. Other Information