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A/Prof Tanja Bosch

Associate Professor of Media Studies and production

A/Prof Tanja Bosch completed her undergraduate studies in English and History (BA, Hons) at the University of Cape Town, before working in the local film and community radio sectors. She completed her MA in International Affairs with a specialisation in Communication and Development Studies while a Fulbright Scholar at Ohio University, where she also graduated with a PhD in Telecommunications. Her PhD dissertation was awarded the US based Broadcast Educational Association (BEA) Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2004.

Bosch is former Programme Manager and Station Manager of local community radio station Bush Radio, and has also worked as a consultant for UNESCO community radio stations in Jamaica and Trinidad; and as consultant and trainer for various South African community radio stations and NGOs. She currently serves on the board of Fine Music Radio 101.3FM where she also presents a World Music programme.

Bosch conducts research and has published in the following areas: community radio, talk radio and citizenship, health communication, youth and mobile media, identity and social networking. She holds a C National Research Foundation (NRF) rating and is currently involved in several collaborative international research projects including the EU funded Media, Conflict and Democratisation project (

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Bosch, T. 2020. Social media and everyday life in South Africa. Routledge.
  • Bosch, T., Mare, A., and Ncube, M. 2020. Facebook and Politics in Africa: Zimbabwe and Kenya. Media, Culture and Society. 42(3).
  • Smit, A. and Bosch, T. 2020. Television and Black Twitter in South Africa: Our Perfect Wedding. Media, Culture and Society.
  • Bosch, T., Thierry M. Luescher, and Nkululeko Makhubu. 2020. Chapter 14. Twitter and student leadership in South Africa: the case of #FeesMustFall pp 220-234. In Power Shift? Political leadership and social media. Edited by Richard Davis and David Taras. Routledge: New York & London.
  • Bosch, T. 2019. Chapter 7. Theorising and researching audiences and users. Media Studies: Decolonising concepts and counterpoints. Edited by Mehita Iqani and Sarah Chiumbu. 96-111. OUP Press.
  • Bosch, T. (2019, in press). Chapter 4: Social Media and Protest Movements in South Africa: #FeesMustFall and #ZumaMustFallinSocial Media and Politics in Africa. Edited by Tom Molony and Maggie Dwyer. Zed Books.
  • Bosch, T., Luescher, T. and , Makhubu, N. (2019, in press). Twitter and student leadership in South Africa: the case of #FeesMustFall. In Social Media and the New Politics of Leadership. Edited by Richard Davis and David Taras. Routledge.
  • Bosch, T., Wasserman, H., and Chuma, W. (2019, in press).  Chapter 5. Communication strategies of civil society organisations: Communication technologies, nanomedia and the mobilisation of public opinion. In Contested transitions: Media, communication and the struggle for democratic change. Edited by Katrin Voltmer. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bosch, T. (2019, under review). “Liquid love’: South African users’ experiences of Tinder. Ada: A journal of gender, new media and technology  (submitted and also presented at the African Studies Association Conference in Dec, 2018, via Skype) 
  • Sorensen, L., Ford, H., Al-Saqaf, W., Bosch, T., and Voltmer, K. (2019, in press). Chapter 10. Dialogue of the Deaf: Listening on Twitter and government responsiveness during the 2015 South African State of the Nation Address. In Contested transitions: Media, communication and the struggle for democratic change. Edited by Katrin Voltmer. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bosch, T. 2018. Rethinking media research in Africa. In Palgrave Handbook for Media and Communication Research in Africa. Edited by Bruce Mutsvairo. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bosch, T. 2018. Digital media and political citizenship: Facebook and politics in South Africa. In Political Communications in Africa: From Mandela to Magufuli. Edited by Bruce Mutsvairo and Beschara Karam. 
  • Bosch, T. 2018. Development communication in South Africa. In Handbookof Communication for Development and Social Change. Edited by Jan Servaes. Springer Nature Singapore Pty Ltd. 
  • Bosch, T., Wasserman, H., Chuma, W. 2018. South African Activists’ use of Nanomedia and Digital media in democratization conflicts. International Journal of Communication (IJoC),12 Available online at
  • Gwaze, A, Hsu, T., Bosch, T. and Luckett, S. (2018). The social media ecology of spatial inequality in Cape Town: Twitter and Instagram. Global Media Journal 11(1).
  • Wasserman, H., Chuma, W., & Bosch, T. 2018. Print media coverage of service delivery protests in South Africa: A content analysis. African Studies 77(1), 145-156.
  • Bosch, T. 2018. (forthcoming). Educational Radio. In The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society. (accepted)

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