Assistant Professor

Room: K9672

Sarah Ganter

Sarah Anne Ganter (PhD, University of Vienna, 2017) is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the School of Communication. She was previously a research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, UK, and a pre-doctoral researcher at the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, Austria. She is an expert in the areas of media governance and media policy in the digital era, content industries, comparative and cross-border research. Her expertise includes researching media and digital (policy) transformations, related interactions and their embedding into socio-cultural, economic and political, as well as everyday - life settings. Dr. Ganter’ s work is influenced by a cosmopolitan approach to academic work, integrating scholarly work from different cultural, linguistic and geographical academic settings.

Dr. Ganter has published in New Media and SocietyDigital JournalismThe International Journal of CommunicationThe European Journal of CommunicationThe Qualitative ReportMedien Journal and in various international book projects. Her book “Platforms and Publishers” (co-authored with Rasmus Kleis Nielsen) has been contracted by Oxford University Press.

She received numerous awards including the competitive Marietta – Blau Scholarship funded by the Austrian Ministry of Research and Science which she used for conducting fieldwork in South America. In 2014, her sole-authored paper “What about geographies? Border-crossing intertextuality in national, audiovisual policy documents,” was awarded the Top Student Paper Award in the Communication Law and Policy Section of the European Communication Research Association (ECREA).

Dr. Ganter is a Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and a member of several communication studies associations, such as the German Communication Association (DGPuK), the International Communication Association (ICA) and Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). She served four years as the YECREA Communication Law and Policy representative and regularly works as reviewer for internationally ranked journals and conferences such as The International Journal of CommunicationCommunication TheoryJournalism PracticeNew Media and SocietyThe European Journal of CommunicationThe International Journal of Press/Politics, The International Journal of Qualitative Methods, ICA, IAMCR and ECREA.

For a complete overview over Dr. Ganter ́s research, please consult her Google Scholar and Research Gate profiles or  her personal website.


  • PhD in Journalism and Communication (Universität Wien, Austria)
  • MA in International Communications (University of Leeds, UK)
  • MA in Intercultural Business Management (Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • MA in Cultural Area Studies, Economics and Applied Languages (Universität Passau, Germany)


  • Media and communication governance in the international context
  • Platforms and challenges for content industries and regulatory power
  • Comparative Research