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. My first monograph, Beyond Slacktivism: Political Participation on Social Media, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. This builds on my PhD research, for which I was awarded the American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section Best Dissertation Award. As of July 2018, I am a Co-Convenor of the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group.
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 (October 2019):
My first monograph, Beyond Slacktivism: Political Participation on Social Media, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan (Interest Groups, Advocacy and Democracy Series).
From January 2020, I will be on sabbatical. Drawing on the University of Portsmouth Themes Research and Innovation Fund (TRIF) Strategic Fellowship, I will start a new project that explores how young people in areas of social deprivation in England use digital media to consume news and participate in politics.
Following the Understanding and Examining the Digital Advocacy Pioneers workshop in September 2018, Nina Hall (Johns Hopkins University) and I are editing a special issue of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics. This is due to be published in January 2020.
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 this research at the Political Studies Association Media and Politics Group conference in December at the University of Leeds.
Working on a project on Momentum, the political activist group founded in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to leader of the Labour Party. I presented work from this project at the annual conference of the Political Studies Association in April.
Organising the Media and Politics Group panels at the Political Studies Association Conference in Edinburgh (April 6-8, 2020). The call for papers is available here.