twitter: @jameswilldennis

Senior Lecturer in Journalism based in the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies at the University of Portsmouth. My research interests lie in political communication, with a particular focus on social media, political participation and citizenship, and digital news. My work has been published in the Civic Media Project, published by MIT Press, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, and Political Studies.

I was previously based in the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London where I received my PhD in Politics in 2016. My PhD thesis is titled “It’s Better to Light a Candle than to Fantasize About a Sun”: Social Media, Political Participation and Slacktivism in Britain. I was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council South East Doctoral Training Centre and was co-supervised by Professor Andrew Chadwick and Professor Ben O'Loughlin.

I have experience of working with industry, carrying out social media research with the BBC World Service and the British Council. I have been a guest contributor for openDemocracy and the Political Studies Association blog, and I have been interviewed about digital politics on BBC Radio Scotland and Inter TV.