Dr Sally Osei-Appiah


I hold a PhD in Media and Communication from the School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds. My thesis, entitled 'Media representations of women politicians: the cases of Ghana and Nigeria', examined the verbal and visual portrayals of Ghanaian and Nigerian women politicians in their national press and radio media, the factors which shape production of political news, and the women's self-representational strategies when conducting their campaigns on Facebook.

I am particularly interested in research that interrogates political communication strategies of women, the textual and visual representations of gender in media content, and forms of digital campaigning. Additionally, I am interested in the intersecting impact of political communication on democratic engagement. I have published in both academic and non-academic outlets including African Journalism StudiesUK Election Analysis 2019: media, voters and the campaign and The ConversationCurrently, I am part of a project which seeks to leverage the political power of female regents in Ondo State (Nigeria) to mitigate election-related violence and promote community peace during the state’s gubernatorial election in October 2020

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Media and Communication (University of Leeds)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University of Cape Coast)
  • MA Discourse Studies (Lancaster University)
  • BA English and Theatre Arts (University of Ghana)

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of IAMCR (International Association of Media and Communication Research)