Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Allison Cavanagh


0113 343 4034

Clothworkers' Building North, 1.27

BA, MA (Econ.) PhD (University of Manchester)

Research Interests

Allison is currently working on the cultural history of participation in news commentary. Her research interests include: social Networks, nineteenth and early twentieth century journalism, social fears and panics, sociology of the internet, critical theory, and news cultures.


Allison is module leader for the following modules:

  • COMM1210 History of Communications
  • COMM5730M History of Promotional Culture
  • COMM3950 Promotional Culture
  • COMM3910 Dissertations




  • Cavanagh AE (2007) Sociology in the Age of the Internet. Sociology and Social Change. Open University Press.

Journal articles

  • Cavanagh A (2018) “Ladies of the Times: Elite women’s voices at the turn of the twentieth century”, Journalism Studies. 19.2: 268-283.
    DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2016.1179125, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/99879/

  • Cavanagh AE, Dennis A (2013) “Having Your Say: The Social Organisation of Online News Commentary”, Sociological Research Online: an electronic journal.
    DOI: 10.5153/sro.2919

  • Cavanagh AE (2013) “‘Barbarous cruelty at the British Museum’: mediatization, authority and reputation in 19th Century England”, MedieKultur : Journal of Media and Communication Research.

  • Cavanagh AE, Dennis A (2012) “Framing the Riots”, Capital and Class. 36.3: 375-381.
    DOI: 10.1177/0309816812453599

  • Cavanagh AE (2009) “From Culture to Connection: Internet Community Studies”, Sociological Compass. 3.1: 1-15.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9020.2008.00186.x

  • Cavanagh AE (2007) “The Siege of Northumberland Street: The Politics of Scandal in nineteenth Century Britain”, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics. 3.2: 170-174.
    DOI: 10.1386/macp.3.2.167_3


  • Cavanagh AE (2016) “Accept no substitutions! Advertising, Gender and 'Race' in Constructions of the Consumer in the Nineteenth Century”, In: Storey J (eds.) The Making of English Popular Culture. Directions in Cultural History. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91515/

  • Cavanagh AE, Dennis A (2010) “On the Reception of Foucault”, In: martin P; dennis A (eds.) Human Agents and Social Structures. Manchester University Press.

Internet publications

  • Cavanagh AE (2007) Taxonomies of Anxiety: Risks, Panics, Paedophilia and the Internet. Electronic Journal of Sociology.


  • Cavanagh AE (2011) “Review of Karen S. Cook, Chris Snijders, Vincent Buskens, and Coye Cheshire (eds) E-Trust: Forming Relationships in the Online World”, American Journal of Sociology. 116.4

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Allison is currently supervising Stephen McDermott, Vanon Aurajchatchairat, Yiben Ma and John MacWillie.

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