Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

(PhD, MA, MSc, BA)

Post:
Professor of Political Communication and Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Email:
rasmus.nielsen@politics.ox.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1865 611 074
College:
Green Templeton College
Office Address:
13 Norham Gardens

Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and serves as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics.

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

Recent books include The Changing Business of Journalism and its Implications for Democracy (2010, edited with David Levy), Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns (2012), and Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective (2014, edited with Raymond Kuhn).

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 his 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 a 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.

Most of his research is broadly concerned with the intersection between old organizations and new technologies, and in particular with the various forms of civic engagement and popular participation that emerge and are enabled there and the institutions and institutional preconditions that underpin them and make them possible.

Democracy and Democratisation Elections Media Methods Public Sphere

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, the University of Copenhagen, and Roskilde University.

Books

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2012. Ground Wars: Personalized Communication in Political Campaigns. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Winner of the 2014 Doris Graber Award.)

 

Edited books

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis, ed. Forthcoming 2015. Local Journalism: the decline of newspapers and the rise of digital media. London: I.B. Tauris.

Kuhn, Raymond, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, eds. 2014. Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective. London: I.B. Tauris.

Levy, David A. L, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, eds. 2010. The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Implications for Democracy. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis, Ole Rasmussen, and Ole Wæver, eds. 2007. 10 x 10. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

 

Journal articles

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2014. “Political communication research: new media, new challenges, and new opportunities.” MedieKultur 30 (56).

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis and Kim Christian Schrøder. 2014. “The relative importance of social media for accessing, finding, and engaging with news: an eight-country cross-media comparison.” Digital Journalism. DOI: 10.1080/21670811.2013.872420.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2013. “‘Frozen’ media subsidies during a time of media change: a comparative analysis of media policy drift in six western democracies.” Global Media and Communication 10 (2): 121-138.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis and Cristian Vaccari. 2013. “Do people “like” politicians on Facebook? Not really. Large-scale direct candidate-to-voter online communication as an outlier phenomenon.” International Journal of Communication.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2013. “The absence of structural Americanization: Media system developments in six affluent democracies, 2000-2009.” International Journal of Press/Politics 18 (4): 392-412.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis, Frank Esser, and David A. L. Levy. 2013. “Comparative perspectives on the changing business of journalism and its implications for democracy.” International Journal of Press/Politics 18 (4): 383-391 (introduction to special issue).

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2013. “Mundane tools, the risk of exclusion, and reflexive movements: Occupy Wall St and political uses of digital networked technologies.” Sociological Quarterly 54 (2): 173-177 (invited contribution to special issue).

Vaccari, Cristian, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. 2013. “What drives politicians’ online popularity? An analysis of the 2010 U.S. midterm elections.” Journal of Information Technology & Politics 10 (2): 208-222.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2012. “How newspapers began to blog: Recognizing the role of technologists in old media organizations’ development of new media technologies.” Information, Communication & Society 15 (6): 959–978.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2011. “Mundane internet tools, mobilizing practices, and the coproduction of citizenship in political campaigns.” New Media & Society 13 (5): 755 –771. (Nominated for the 2012 Kaid-Sanders Award given by the American Political Science Association for best article on political communication, winner of the 2010 Internet, Policy & Politics best paper award.)

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2010. “Participation through letters to the editor: Circulation, considerations, and genres in the letters institution.” Journalism 11 (1): 21–35.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2009. “The labors of internet-assisted activism: Overcommunication, miscommunication, and communicative overload.” Journal of Information Technology & Politics 6 (3): 267–280.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2009. “Uneven accelerations.” New Media & Society 11 (1-2): 299–306 (review essay).

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2007. “Hegemony, radical democracy, populism.” Distinktion - Scandinavian Journal of Political Theory 13: 77–97.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2006. “Det epistemologiske syndefald.” Tidsskriftet Politik 9 (1): 14–25.

 

Book chapters

Karpf, David, Daniel Kreiss, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. 2014. “A new era of field research in political communication?” In Challenging Communication Research: Selected Papers from the International Communication Association Annual Conference 2013, edited by Leah A. Lievrouw, 43-57. New York: Peter Lang.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2014. “Americanization revisited: Political journalism in the United States and Western Europe compared.” In Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective, edited by Raymond Kuhn and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, 171-193. London: I.B.Tauris.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis, and Raymond Kuhn. 2014. “Political journalism in Western Europe: Change and continuity.” In Political Journalism in Transition: Western Europe in a Comparative Perspective, edited by Raymond Kuhn and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, 1-23. London: I.B.Tauris.

Peters, Benjamin, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. 2012. “New media.” In Handbook of Communication History, edited by Peter Simonson, Jonathan Peck, Robert T. Craig, and John Jackson, 257–271. New York: Routledge.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis, and David A. L. Levy. 2010. “The changing business of journalism and its implications for democracy.” In The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Implications for Democracy, edited by David A. L. Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, 3–15. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis and David A. L. Levy. 2010. “Which way for the business of journalism?” In The Changing Business of Journalism and Its Implications for Democracy, edited by David A. L. Levy and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, 135–147. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2010. “Digital politics as usual.” In Digital Activism Decoded, edited by Mary Joyce, 181–196. New York: International Debate Education Association.

 

Other publications

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis and Kim Christian Schrøder. 2014. “Danskernes brug af digitale medier og nyheder i 2014.” Roskilde: Center for Magt, Medier, og Kommunikation (34pp).

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis and Kim Christian Schrøder. 2013. “Danskernes brug af nyhedsmedier i 2013.” Roskilde: Center for Magt, Medier, og Kommunikation (32pp).

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2013. “The uneven digital revolution.” In the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2013, edited by Nic Newman and David A. L. Levy, 75-79. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis. 2012. “Ten Years That Shook the Media World”. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (74pp).

Bruno, Nicola, and Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. 2012. “Survival Is Success: Journalistic Online Start-Ups in Western Europe”. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (108pp).

Nielsen, Rasmus Kleis (with Geert Linnebank). 2011. “Public Support for the Media”. Oxford: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (36pp).

Frequent presentations at industry/professional events.

Member of the editorial board of Digital Journalism, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics and Social Media and Society.

journalism, news media, digital media, political communication, political campaigns