Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Matthias Revers

Lecturer in Media and Communication

0113 343 3618

Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.13

Office hours: Tuesday 4-5pm, Wednesday 11am-12pm

BA, MA (University of Graz), PhD (State University of New York-Albany)


Matthias Revers is a Lecturer of Media and Communicationat the University of Leeds. Before coming to Leeds in January 2018, he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Frankfurt. His research focuses on political communication and journalism. His recent book Contemporary Journalism in the US and Germany (Palgrave US) is a comparative ethnographic study of political reporters in the two countries. He has published articles on journalistic professionalism, how journalists perform it, how it is affected by technological change, how Twitter in particular influenced spatial and temporal aspects of news making, on the adoption of technologies, and on the history of media sociology. His doctoral studies focused on cultural sociology and social theory and he graduated at the State University of New York in Albany (SUNY-Albany) with a PhD in sociology in 2014.

Research Interests

His current research agenda is titled “The Rupturing Seems of Civil Society.” It encompasses several research projects on political polarization in contemporary democracies, including on the moral boundaries of speech (free speech/hate speech); the establishment, use, enforcement, breach, and battle against inclusive language (and “political correctness”); the mediated experience of political antagonism; and right-wing populist journalism. This research involves hermeneutic and computational methods of text analysis, survey experiments, and qualitative field research.

Areas of interest

  • Political polarization
  • Free speech, speech norms
  • Populist journalism
  • Media professions and professionalism
  • Sociology of news
  • Theory (of culture, media, and democracy)
  • History of sociology


Matthias currently leads COMM5540M The Reporting of Politics.

He contributes guest lectures to the following modules:

  • COMM5655M Journalism Practice and Policy
  • COMM1970 Introduction to Media and Communication Theory



  • Revers M (2017) Contemporary Journalism in the US and Germany: Agents of Accountability. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Aberer M, Korom P, Postl E, Reischl D, Revers M, Schantl B (2006) Wo bleibt heute die Zeitung? Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen von ZeitungsausträgerInnen. Innsbruck: Studienverlag.

Journal articles

  • Revers M (2017) “The role of events in ICT adoption: same-sex marriage and Twitter”, Information Communication and Society. 20.10: 1554-1570.
    DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2016.1240825

  • Revers M, Brienza C (2017) “How Not to Establish a Subfield: Media Sociology in the United States”, American Sociologist. : 1-17. (Accepted)
    DOI: 10.1007/s12108-017-9364-y

  • Brienza C, Revers M (2016) “The Field of American Media Sociology: Origins, Resurrection, and Consolidation”, Sociology Compass. 10.7: 539-552.
    DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12384

  • Revers M (2015) “The augmented newsbeat: spatial structuring in a Twitterized news ecosystem”, Media, Culture and Society. 37.1: 3-18.
    DOI: 10.1177/0163443714549085

  • Revers M (2014) “The Twitterization of News Making: Transparency and Journalistic Professionalism”, Journal of Communication. 64.5: 806-826.
    DOI: 10.1111/jcom.12111

  • Revers M (2014) “Journalistic professionalism as performance and boundary work: Source relations at the state house”, Journalism. 15.1: 37-52.
    DOI: 10.1177/1464884913480459

  • Gerber A, Revers M (2012) “The Library of Affecting Social Science”, Contexts. 11: 76-77.
    DOI: 10.1177/1536504212436507

  • Revers M (2009) “Sociologists in the press”, American Sociologist. 40.4: 272-288.
    DOI: 10.1007/s12108-009-9079-9


  • Belair-Gagnon, V, Revers M (2018) “The Sociology of Journalism”, In: Vos, TP (eds.) Journalism. Handbooks of Communication Science. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter. 257-280
    DOI: 10.1515/9781501500084-013

  • Revers M (2016) “Digital Media and the Diversification of Professionalism: A US-German Comparison of Journalism Cultures”, In: Alexander JC; Breese EB; Luengo M (eds.) The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered: Democratic Culture, Professional Codes, Digital Future. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. 228-246

  • Revers M (2015) “Cultural Sociology, History of”, In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition. 498-503
    DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.03059-2

Research Centres & Groups

Political communication, journalism





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