Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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Fisal Alaqil

PhD Researcher

Fisal is a PhD researcher who joined the School of Media and Communication in November 2015. He holds a BA in Media and Public Relation from King Saud University (KSU), Saudi Arabia (2003), and an MA in Public Relation from KSU (2008). Fisal’s PhD is on the use of statistics by financial journalists in the Arabian Gulf. He is supervised by Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Dr Georgios Aivaliotis. Fisal is a member of the School’s Journalism Research Group. Before starting his PhD, Fisal worked as a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication at KSU. He had also worked as Advertising Planning Officer at Saudi Research and Marketing Group.


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Mario Alvarez Fuentes

Mario Alvarez Fuentes

PhD Student

Mario Álvarez Fuentes is a PhD Student in Communication Studies in the School of Media and Communication since January 2015. He holds a Master of Arts in Political Communication obtained in the University of Leeds (2014) and a Bachelor in Mass Communication (2003) in the University of Chile.

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José Brambila Ramírez

José Brambila Ramírez

PhD Researcher

Brambila is a PhD researcher at the School of Media and Communication, at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research is concerned with the logic of anti-press violence and security of journalists in post-authoritarian societies, specially in Mexico. She is supervised by Prof Jairo Lugo Ocando and Prof Katrin Voltmer and is a co-convener of the International Communication Research Group at the school.


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Jennifer Carlberg

Jennifer Carlberg

PhD Candidate

Jennifer is a PhD candidate within the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. She is supervised by Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Dr. Bethany Klein. Jen holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and MAs from the University of Chicago. Her current research considers the intersections of popular music and postsecular thought. Previously, Jen has taught subjects as seemingly disparate as International Baccalaureate literature, within the secondary school, and the dissection of human cadavers, within the collegiate anatomy laboratory. She loves neuroscience and psychoanalysis, as well as to laugh.

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Runze Ding

Runze Ding

PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant

Having gained his Master’s degree at the School of Media and Communication in 2014, Runze Ding is now doing his PhD studies on digital media and sexual identities in China. His supervisors are Dr Helen Thornham and Dr Lee Edwards (LSE).


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Charlotte Elliott-Harvey

Charlotte Elliott-Harvey

PhD Candidate

Charlotte Elliott-Harvey started as a PhD student at the School of Media and Communication in September, 2013. Her supervisors are Professor Katrin Voltmer and Dr Katy Parry. Charlotte's thesis is titled: "Free speech, tolerance and diversity: A comparative study of France and Denmark"


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Antje Glück

Antje Glück

PhD Candidate, Teaching Assistant

Antje is a former broadcasting journalist and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include news journalism, television, media ethics, cross-cultural comparative research, and journalistic practices. Specifically, her work examines the role of emotions in journalistic work practices in India and the United Kingdom. Her thesis is supervised by Prof Katrin Voltmer and Dr Katy Parry.


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Christopher Hladowski

PhD student

Chris is a PhD student at the School of Media and Communication, on a full White Rose/AHRC scholarship. His research explores the production and mediation of Pakistani and Islamic cultural forms in both local and transnational contexts, with a specific focus on Bradford in West Yorkshire, where he lives. He is supervised by Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Dr Leslie Meier.  


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Carolyn Jackson-Brown

Carolyn Jackson-Brown

PhD Candidate

Carolyn Jackson-Brown is supervised by Prof. Bethany Klein and Dr. Nancy Thumim and is a member of the Journalism Studies Research Group. Her doctoral research focuses on the production of media representations - a case study of Channel 4's coverage of disability at the London 2012 Paralympics. She has a broadcast television background with BBC News and Current Affairs and Yorkshire Television.
 


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Office hours: Thursdays 2pm-3pm Room 2.16

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Victoria Jaynes

Victoria Jaynes

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Victoria is a PhD candidate in the School of Media and Communication on a full scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council. She is supervised by Dr Nancy Thumim and Dr Sally Hines (School of Sociology and Social Policy). Her research explores young people’s everyday experiences of the digital from an interdisciplinary feminist perspective. Victoria holds a BA in History of Art and an MA in Gender Studies, both also undertaken at the University of Leeds. She is currently a member of the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Group, Feminist Reading Group and Political Performance Group within the school. Victoria is currently a teaching assistant on COMM1230 Introduction to Media and Communication Research. She has previously taught on COMM3250 Feminism, Identity and Media and COMM1960 Studying Media.


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Ellis Jones

PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant

My PhD is on the impact of social media on "DIY" music. I've been here since October 2015, under the supervision of Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Dr Leslie Meier, supported by a full WRoCAH scholarship.


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Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 12-1pm

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Nely Konstantinova

Nely Konstantinova

PhD candidate

Nely Konstantinova is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the School of Media and Communication Studies, on a full departmental scholarship. Her research interests focus on digital and social medial, digital activism, social movements, civil society and media and democratisation.  She is working under the supervision of Dr Julie Firmstone and Dr Giles Moss. She is a member of the Political Communication and Journalism Research Group and is currently the TA on the Introduction to Media and Communication Theory module. Nely holds a Double BA in International Communication Studies and Film and Media Studies from the American University of Paris and a MA in Development and Rights from Goldsmiths College, London.


Clothworkers' Building South, Room 1.07
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Brendan Lawson

Brendan Lawson

PhD Researcher

Brendan is a PhD Researcher in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. He previously gained an MA Media in Development at SOAS, London, and a BA in History from the University of Leeds. He's currently supported by the ESRC's 1+3 full scholarship, exploring the intersection of humanitarian communication and statistics.


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Yinyi Luo

PhD Candidate, Teaching Assistant

PhD Candidate, Teaching Assistant, Ex-PR Practitioner Co-supervised by Dr Helen Thornham (SMC) and Dr Nicolas Robinson (POLIS) B.A. in German Language and Literature, M.A. in Communication and Media. My current research, underlaid by the question: Why we play videogames, aims to explore players' relation with videogames in everyday life context.


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Jon Marshall

Jon Marshall

PhD Student & Teaching Assistant

Jon Marshall is undertaking a PhD in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds on a full ESRC scholarship. He is supervised by Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Dr Bethany Klein. His research focuses on Politics and Musical Aesthetics in contemporary Russia. He also works as a Teaching Assistant for several modules at the institute.


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Alessandro Martinisi

PhD researcher

Alessandro holds a BA and MA from the University of Turin, Italy, where he studied at the Faculty of Education Sciences. In 2007 he earned a scholarship for the MSc in Science in Communication (Major in Media Management), at the University of Lugano in Switzerland, where he graduated cum laude.  


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Office hours: Monday - Thursday, 10.00am - 4.00pm

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James Mason

James Mason

PhD Researcher

As a PhD researcher my interests cover various aspects of the Walt Disney Company, their history, films and reception, with a particular focus on the adult audiences of Disney films.


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Muhanguzi Muganzi

Muhanguzi Muganzi

PhD Candidate/Teaching Assistant

Muganzi Muhanguzi Isharaza (also known as Ganzi) joined the PhD programme at the School of Media and Communication, under a full Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship in 2016. He has over a 10 years' experience in development communication and holds a BA (Hons) Mass Communication (First Class) from Uganda Christian University and an MA in International Communications (with Distinction) from the University of Leeds.


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Carly O'Neill

Carly O'Neill

Carly O’Neill is a PhD Candidate on a full University of Leeds Research Scholarship. She holds a Msc in the Sociology of Culture Media and the Arts from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Her PhD research is in the area of the commodification of morality in consumer culture. She is supervised by Paul Taylor and Kate Oakley.


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Sally Osei-Appiah

Sally Osei-Appiah

PhD Researcher, Teaching Assistant

Sally is a PhD researcher who joined the School of Media and Communication in December 2015, on a departmental scholarship. She holds a BA in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana (2003), and an MA in Discourse Studies from Lancaster University, UK (2015). Sally’s PhD is on media representations of West African female politicians in their local media, using a Multimodal Critical Discourse Analytical approach. She is supervised by Dr Giorgia Aiello and Dr Katy Parry. Sally is a member of the School’s Visual and Digital Cultures research group, the Journalism research group the Feminist reading group. She is also a member of the Postgraduate Advisory Board of the University. Before her MA, Sally worked as a teacher in an international school in Ghana teaching IGCSE First Language English and Literature in English. She was also the IGCSE Coordinator and Exams Officer in charge of all administrative work regarding CIE examinations in the school.


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Anna Ozimek

Anna Ozimek

PhD Candidate, Teaching Assistant

Anna is a PhD student at the School of Media and Communication on a full departmental scholarship. She is supervised by Professor Kate Oakley and Dr Nicholas Robinson (POLIS). Her PhD project focuses on the development of the videogame sector in Poland.


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Martha Palacios Dominguez

Martha Palacios Dominguez


Andreas Rauh Ortega

Andreas Rauh Ortega

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Ph.D. researcher interested in music, technology, digital media and the ways they intersect with each other. Focused on electronic dance music and its practitioners. 


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Arran Ridley

Arran Ridley

PhD Candidate

Arran is a PhD Candidate at the School of Media and Communication commencing his research in February 2017. He is working on a White Rose/ESRC funded project entitled 'Measuring Visualisation Engagement'.


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Office hours: Monday - Friday 9.00am. - 5.00pm.

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Michael Schofield

Michael Schofield

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Mick Schofield is currently conducting practice-led research into rephotography, investigating what it can tell us about the hauntology, materiality and ontology of the photographic image. He works as a teaching assistant in the school and as a photographer and visual artist under the pseudonym Michael C Coldwell. M.P.Schofield@leeds.ac.uk


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Lone Sorensen

Lone Sorensen

PhD student

Lone is a PhD student at the School of Media and Communication (SMaC), University of Leeds, on a full University Research scholarship. She is supervised by Dr Katrin Voltmer and Dr Katy Parry and is a member of the Political Communication research group. Lone's main research interests are in populist political communication, digital media, and the media and democratisation. The provisional title of her PhD is How Populists Communicate: A Democratic Paradox? She is also a research assistant on the EU-funded project Media, Communication and Democratisation (MeCoDEM), and a member of the COST project IS1308 Populist Political Communication. Lone has an MA in International Communications from SMaC from 2003 and a BA in English linguistics. Since her last stint in the academic world she has been working as a web editor, writer and content manager on large public sector projects in the UK. She has also owned and managed a small eco-lodge in the Malawian rain forest where she lived for five years, setting up her own business and community development projects and experiencing the democratisation process from a rare bottom-up, and occasionally rather muddy, village perspective.


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Paul Stringer

PhD Candidate

Paul Stringer is a PhD candidate on a full scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He is supervised by Dr Chris Paterson and Dr Julie Firmstone. His research is concerned with how news production and the work of journalists is changing because of technology. Paul is co-convener of the Journalism Research Group at the school and also a member of the International Communication Research Group. He has a BA in New Media and an MA in International Communication. Prior to joining the school, he worked as a digital producer for an advertising agency. His research interests include:

  • Journalism and Online News Production
  • Political Economy of the Media
  • International Communication
  • Work in the Media Industries
  • Ethnography


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Mandy Tao

Mandy Tao

PhD student

Miss Tao, Man, known also as Mandy, was granted a full scholarship to pursue her doctorate at Leeds University. Her thesis is about changes in Chinese propaganda theory and practice in the 21st century, supervised by Professor Stephen Coleman and Dr Katy Parry. Her research interest is in propaganda, public diplomacy, soft power, political communication and international communications. Miss Tao holds a Master's degree of International Journalism and two Bachelor's degrees (Broadcast Journalism and English). Prior to starting the PhD, her career path equips her with experiences in both media practice and higher education in China, where she worked as a journalist, news editor and presenter, as well as a bilingual university lecturer of Broadcast Journalism.


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Michael Tasseron

Michael Tasseron

Michael is a Ph.D researcher in the School of Media and Communication. His research focuses on media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and he is being supervised by Dr Katy Parry and Dr Chris Paterson. His research interests include multimodal and critical discourse studies. He holds a BA in Communication and English literature from the University of South Africa, a BA Honours in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester.


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Jeremy Vachet

Jeremy Joseph Vachet is a PhD candidate at the School of Media and Communication on a full University Research Scholarship. He is supervised by Prof. David Hesmondhalgh and Dr. David Lee. His research focuses on ideology and discourses on working life of creative workers at the age of advanced capitalism. His fieldwork is based in England, Sweden, France, Iceland and USA. His previous experiences outside academia include working in the field of cultural industries. He has worked for various years as a musician, filmmaker and photographer assistant. See his work here.  


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Liam Voice

Liam Voice

PhD Student

Liam is a PhD student in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. His PhD project is on digital culture, online interactions, and animal spirits. He is supervised by Dr Tom Tyler and Dr Helen Thornham.


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Sarah Weston

I am researching voice, political voice and performance, specifically working with young people in the North of England. My supervisors are Professor Stephen Coleman and Professor Jane Plastow (Theatre Workshop, School of English).


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