Sarah Pedersen is a Professor of Communication and Media at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Her research focuses on women's engagement with the media for political purposes, including historical and contemporary source material.
Her book The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press was published in 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan. The same year she was awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund to produce an edition of the correspondence of Aberdeen suffragette and journalist Caroline Phillips. She was the Director of the Rise Up Quines! festival in Aberdeen in 2018 which both celebrated the centenary of (some) women achieving the Parliamentary vote and aimed to encourage women and girls to become more involved in political leadership. Her work on the Scottish suffrage campaign has been praised in a motion to the Scottish Parliament.
Sarah also researches women's use of social media, including blogs, Twitter and online forums. Her book, The Politicization of Mumsnet, was published in 2020. She is currently undertaking a project investigating the creation of a women’s cooperative constellation in Scottish politics.