Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Ysabel Gerrard awarded a PhD for her thesis on ‘Derision, Guilt, and Pleasure: Teen Drama Fandom in a Social Media Age’

November 9th, 2017

Ysabel Gerrard has been awarded a PhD for her thesis on: ‘Derision, Guilt, and Pleasure: Teen Drama Fandom in a Social Media Age’.

The research explores how fans of three teen drama television series – Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017), Revenge (2011-2015), and The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017) – negotiate cultural devaluations of their pleasures, and how they maintain ‘secret’ identities as fans on social media platforms.

Ysabel was examined by Professor Anita Biressi (University of Roehampton) and Professor Bethany Klein (University of Leeds). She was supervised by Dr Helen Thornham and Dr Nancy Thumim, and before that by Professor Helen Kennedy (University of Sheffield).

During her time as a PhD researcher, Ysabel spent a summer as an intern at the Microsoft Research Social Media Collective in New England. She also organised several international conferences, most notably the Data Power Conference (2015 and 2017). Ysabel was also appointed to be the Young Scholars’ Representative for the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) Digital Culture and Communication section.

Ysabel is currently a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield.


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