3 Professor Terhi Rantanen
Professor Terhi Rantanen

Professor Terhi Rantanen

Professor of Global Media & Communications

Department of Media and Communications

020 7955 6401
Room No
Room FAW.7.01B
Office Hours
By appointment on Student Hub
English, Finnish
Key Expertise
Media globalization

About me

Terhi Rantanen (MSc; LicSc; DocSc; Docent, Helsinki University) is Professor in Global Media and Communications. She is the founder of the Department’s two double MSc programmes, with the University of Southern California (USC), which she directed from 2000 to date, and with Fudan University, Shanghai, which she directed for its first three years. Since the beginning of her career she has been conducting research on globalization and the media, and especially on news organizations. Her latest book, Globalization and the Media (with Cesar Jimenez-Martinez as assistant editor)was published in January 2019.

Her most recent research project, on The Future of National News Agencies in Europe  seeks to propose alternative futures for national news institutions by collecting and combining data and analysis from and for the industry, working with and within European news agencies. Please also read here her bibliographic essay freely.

She served as Chair of GSSC (2012-2017),  and was an academic member of the LSE Council (2017-2022, 2nd term).

Professor Rantanen is currently finishing her book on early transnational comparative communications research in the U.S. to be published by LSE Press next year.

Expertise Details

media globalization; news agencies; media history; national and global news; comparative research.


Research Interests include: Globalisation theories, global media, global news, post-communist and communist media, media history and history of media studies


Terhi has been Director of a two-year MSc programme in Global Media and Communications (with the University of Southern California in Los Angeles) since it was founded in 2000. In 2007 she became a founding Director of a new two-year MSc programme with Fudan University in Shanghai. She teaches one of the two core courses in the Global Media and Communication programme and on the core courses in the MSc programmes in Media and Communications.


Click here for a comprehensive list of Professor Terhi Rantanen's publications.