I’m associate professor of communications at Roskilde University (RUC) in Denmark and (part-time) Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford in the UK, where I was based 2010-2012. Before that, I did my PhD in Communications at Columbia University, working at the Graduate School of Journalism and teaching at the School of International and Public Affairs.

You can contact me at rasmuskleisnielsen [at] gmail [dot] com. I check it too often. Alternatively, try my Danish cell (+45) 42 41 24 78.

Most of my research deals with (a) political communication and campaign practices, (b) digital politics, and (c) news media organizations and their ongoing transformations. My general interest is in the intersection between old organizations and new technologies, and in particular the various forms of civic engagement and popular participation that emerge and are enabled there. I also retain a side interest in social theory.

Currently, I am working on an international, comparative project on the changing business of journalism, examining the impact of the rise of the internet and the global recession on commercial news media in a wide range of different democracies. A first installment of the work coming out of this project is this book, which I co-edited in 2010, a second installment is this report, which was published in 2012.

Previously, I have done ethnographic research on the wider ramifications of American political campaigns’ practices of mobilizing people on a large scale to use personal contact as a form of political communication, working through things like canvassing and phone banking, and based on recent developments in information and communication technologies. My first so-called “monograph” (single-authored book) deals with this and has been published by Princeton University Press. Recently, I’ve done field research with colleagues examining the flow of political communication around local political issues in a representative provincial community in Denmark.

In 2014, I was awarded the Tietgen Prize, given annually to a young Nordic researcher from the humanities and social sciences for socially relevant research published at the highest international level. The same year, I won the Doris Graber Award for best book published in political communication in the last ten years for Ground Wars.

In the past, I have held jobs in administration, teaching, and editing. I have lived in Denmark, England, Germany, and the United States, and suspect I may add a couple more to that list over the years.

2006-2010    PhD in Communications (with distinction), Columbia University
2005-2006    Fulbright/DAF Student at the New School for Social Research
2003-2006    MA in Political Science, University of Copenhagen
2002-2003    MA in Political Theory (with distinction), University of Essex
1999-2002     BA in Political Science, University of Copenhagen


In addition, I am or have been affiliated with:

Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford, where I’m a research associate.

Center for Nyhedsforskning at Roskilde Universty, where I’m also an associate.

Center on Organizational Innovation (COI) at Columbia University.

Center for Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School.

The Politics and Protest Workshop at CUNY. This is a continuation of Charles Tilly’s long-standing workshop on Contentious Politics, previously hosted at Michigan, the New School, and Columbia.

Professional service

I have served as a reviewer for Information, Communication & Society, New Media & Society, Journal of Politics, International Journal of Press/Politics, Human Communication, Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, Digital Journalism, Policy & Internet, Tidsskriftet Politik, Journal of Information Technology & Politics and for book manuscripts in media and communications for Oxford University Press, Polity Press, and Routledge. I sit on the editorial committee of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism as well as the editorial boards of Digital Journalism and the Journal of Information Technology & Politics.

From 2003 to 2005, I was the managing editor of Tidsskriftet Politik, an inter-disciplinary and peer-reviewed social science quarterly published by the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.


Apart from the already published pieces, everything on the site is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.