I am a Full Professor and Chair of Media, Politics and the Global South in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. A co-editor of two Springer International Publishing book series (link 1 & 2) which have jointly published over 30 books focused mostly on the journalism, media and communication research fields. I have also (co)-authored or (co)-edited over 20 scholarly books and special-themed issues in high-impact journalism and media journals. My work comparatively investigates the impact of technological transformations in global journalism practices particularly in conflict and non-democratic settings.

I returned to the Netherlands in 2021 after spending eight years abroad serving as a Full Professor in Journalism and member of the executive council at Auburn University in the U.S. (2019-2021) and before then, as an Associate Professor of Journalism at University of Technology Sydney, Australia (2016-2019). I was also a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and program leader for the MA in Mass Communication at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK (2014-2016). After completing my PhD at the Graduate School of Humanities at Leiden University in 2013, I also worked at the same university as an Assistant Professor in Journalism. In 2021, I separately became UNESCO’s first Chair on Data, Disinformation and Democracy, also at UU.

I currently supervise a team of academics in my department and, separately, staff associated with the Research Council of Norway-funded ‘Decoding Digital Media and African Regions of Conflict’ (DDMAC) research project. I have supervised six PhD projects to completion. I currently act as a promoter or co-promoter on three PhD projects:

  • Jessy de Cooker: Framing of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Dutch news coverage (With Dr. Imar de Vries & Dr Daniella Arets: Funded by the Dutch Research Council, NWO 
  • Samba Dialimpa Badji: Exploring the Role of Digital Disinformation in The Armed Conflicts in Ethiopia and Mali (With Prof Dr. Kristin Skare Orgeret: Funded by the Research Council of Norway) 
  • Bei Wang: Understanding Digital China: A Critical-Comparative Study of Chinese Perspectives and Media Discourses on Digital Transformation (With Dr. Dennis Nguyen)


Since 2020, I have co-directed the Global Risk Journalism Hub, an inter-University research alliance dedicated to researching transnational risks facing contemporary journalism. I have also been a visiting Professor at the University of Mississippi in the US, Simon Fraser University in Canada, the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and Binus University in Indonesia. Professionally, I was an Associated Press reporter in Amsterdam for nearly five years. 

I am a holder of three masters degrees in Business Administration (VU Amsterdam), International Journalism (Cardiff University), Politics (University of Hull). My undergraduate degree, completed in 2004, was here at UU.