Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Christopher Anderson

Professor of Media and Communication

0113 343 5814

Clothworkers' Building North, Room 2.18

Office hours: Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:00 pm // Thursday 10:00am – 11:00am

BA (Indiana University) PhD (Columbia University)


Christopher Anderson is Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and member of the board of advisors at the Tow Center, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Chris studies journalism, politics, and how the production of public knowledge is being transformed in the digital age. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 4 books:  Rebuilding the News (Temple University Press), The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism (with Tamara Witscghe, David Domingo, and Alfred Hermida); Remaking News (with Pablo Boczkowski, The MIT Press), and News: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Michael Schudson and Len Downie, Oxford University Press). He has written academic articles on digital journalism, sociology, political communication, and science and technology studies and more popular pieces for a variety of online websites and blogs. He is completing work on a manuscript tentatively titled Apostles of Certainty: Data Journalism and the Politics of Doubt (Oxford University Press). From 2001 – 2008 Chris was an editor and organizer at NYC Indymedia, one of the world’s first ”citizen journalism” websites. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. James W. Carey and Prof. Todd Gitlin.

Research Interests

Chris’ primary research interests include:

  • journalism studies, particularly the sociology of digital news
  • the history of data journalism, and quantitative methodologies more broadly
  • the aesthetics and emotions of journalism, visuals in the news, and the ”feelings” that underlie the deployment of numerical information
  • science and technology studies
  • the sociology of knowledge
  • political theory and normative theories of the public sphere

He would welcome doctoral students interested in any of these or related subjects.


At Leeds, Chris supervises the following modules:

  • COMM1210 The History of Communication
  • COMM5655 Journalism Practice and Policy

He contributes guest lectures to the following modules:

  • COMM1320 Journalism, Politics and Society
  • COMM 5780 Digital Practices


Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies.

Research Centres & Groups

At Leeds Chris is a member of the Journalism and Visual Communication Research groups and is a co-convener of the New Media research group.

External Appointments

  • Editorial board member of Journalism: Theory, Practice, Criticism
  • Editorial board member of Digital Journalism
  • Member of the board of advisors at the Tow Center, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Co-editor of Public Seminar, a leading journal housed in the New School for Social Research



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