Rasmus Nielsen

Professor of Political Communication (Department of Politics and International Relations) and Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism


Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

He is also Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford. He was previously Director of Research at the Reuters Institute and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics.

His work focuses on changes in the news media, on political communication, and the role of digital technologies in both. He has done extensive research on journalism, American politics, and various forms of activism, and a significant amount of comparative work in Western Europe and beyond.

In 2014, he won the Doris Graber Award for best book on political communication published in the last ten years, awarded by the American Political Science Association, for Ground Wars. He is also recipient of the 2014 Tietgen Prize for his work on current changes in the news media.

He holds a BA and an MSc in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, a MA (with distinction) in Political Theory from the University of Essex, and a PhD (with distinction) in Communications from Columbia University.

Dr Nielsen has taught courses on political communication, news media, and journalism at Oxford, and previously courses on European politics and international relations at Columbia University, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the University of Copenhagen, and Roskilde University.

Nielsen is also a member of the RISJ's Steering Committee and the Chair of the RISJ Editorial Committee.


  • Journalism and news
  • Business of news
  • Misinformation
  • Audience research / media use
  • Social and political impact of platform companies and social media
  • Digital media and journalism
  • Media policy
  • Political communication

Media experience

Experience of media interviews including for print, television, and radio.

Professor Rasmus Nielsen's work has been covered by a range of news media including the BBC, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Guardian, and various other international media.

He serves as a member of the editorial boards of Digital Journalism, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics and Social Media + Society. 


English, Danish