Ester Pollack, PhD, is a Professor of Journalism Studies in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University. Her research combines sociological and historical perspectives on the relations between two of society’s institutions: journalism and politics. Pollack received her doctorate in 2001 with a thesis on the development of Swedish crime journalism and criminal policy during the 1900s; and has followed up with more recent studies on crime news and the police's role as a news source. She has also conducted research on the Swedish media during the second world war, on the so called Moscow trials in the Swedish press during the 1930s, on mediated political scandals in the Nordic countries from 1980s and onward and on the description of the Roma in Swedish press during the last twenty years. Recent work has dealt with think tanks and lobbying in Sweden as well as issues related to the role of journalism in democracy. Pollack has for a total of 10 years during different periods served as the department's head and deputy head of department. She has also held various positions as director of studies, been a member on the faculty board and has had many other assignments for Stockholm University. She has been internationally involved in the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), where she led a working group, was a member of its international committee and also responsible for the organization's world congress in 2008 in Stockholm. In addition, Ester Pollack has been a voice in the public eye, made research available to the wider public and actively participated in debates concerning issues regarding the social roles of journalism.