Karen Sanders obtained her MA and PhD degrees in Communication from the University of Navarra and studied a joint degree in English and Philosophy at the University of Durham. She is President of the Association of Political Communication (Asociación de Comunicación Política-ACOP) and Research Director for the social sciences campus at CEU San Pablo University, where she also directs the Research Centre of Communication Trends. She is visiting professor at IESE Business School and has worked on the School’s political leadership and communication courses. Karen was at the University of Sheffield until 2006 and was a founding member of the Department of Journalism Studies and its MA academic director. In 2002, she initiated with others the Institute of Communication Ethics, which created the journal, Ethical Space.
Karen lectures, writes and advises in the fields of political communication and communication ethics, and her books include Ethics and Journalism, Communicating Politics in the 21st Century, Political Scandals in Britain and Spain and, in 2013, the co-edited Government Communication.
Karen began her formal working career in the City of London as the Parliamentary and Media Manager for the British Chamber of Shipping. Her switch to academia was triggered by the people she encountered in her time living in Peru. Her interest in communication ethics and political communication is inspired by her intercultural experiences and background (Irish-English-touch of Italian) and a passion for promoting dialogue and understanding between and in communities.