Senior Lecturer in Political Communication and Journalism 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 Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, and Political Studies. I received my PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016, for which I was awarded the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Dissertation Award.
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, BBC Radio Solent, and Inter TV.
What I'm up to (November 2017):
- Writing my first monograph, Beyond Slacktivism: Political Participation on Social Media, for Palgrave Macmillan (Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series).
- Examining how #GE2017 was reported to younger audiences by BuzzFeed and VICE with Susana Sampaio-Dias (University of Portsmouth) and Milan Kreuschitz-Markovič (University of Portsmouth). We will be presenting our initial findings at the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group Annual Conference in Hull, November 16-17, 2017.
- Working on a new project on Momentum, the political activist group founded in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to leader of the Labour Party.