Johan Farkas, Ph.D.

Department of Communication · University of Copenhagen, Denmark — Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Areas

  • Communications Theory
  • Journalism
  • Media Theory
  • Media, Information and Communication Technology
  • Political Communication
  • Social Media

Highlighted publications


My name is Johan Farkas and I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Communication. Here, I am part of the project ‘Tell Me the Truth: Fact-Checkers in an Age of Epistemic Instability’.

My research explores the intersection of digital media, journalism, disinformation, and democracy. I have published on these issues in journals such as New Media & Society, Journalism Studies, Social Media + Society, Television & New Media, and Critical Discourse Studies.

In June 2023, I successfully defended my PhD thesis, entitled 'This Is Not Real News: Discursive Struggles over Fake News, Journalism, and Democracy'.

The second edition of my debut book, 'Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy: Mapping the Politics of Falsehood', was published by Routledge in 2023. Written with Jannick Schou, the monograph presents a critical examination of discourses around fake news and the so-called post-truth era.

In the past, I have been a Visiting Researcher at Cornell University, Chair of the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (YECREA), and a speaker at institutions such as the Council of Europe, the Swedish Ministry of Culture, and the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats.