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Toril Aalberg is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU in Trondheim. She is the author or editor of 7 books, some in conjunction with others. These include Challenges to Representative Democracy (1999), Achieving Justice (2003), Communicating Politics (2007) and How Media Inform Democracy (2012). She has published 26 book chapters and 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, European Sociological Review, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, International Journal of Press/Politics and the International Political Science Review. Aalbergs research Interests include comparative politics, election campaigns, how media affects public opinion, the relationship between media and politics and the role of stereotypes. She has had a number of visiting appointments including longer periods at the Department of Communication at Stanford University, Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo.