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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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Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07

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Luca Antoniazzi

Luca Antoniazzi

PhD Candidate, Research and Teaching Assistant

Luca Antonazzi is a Phd Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the School of Media and Communication (SMaC) since October 2012. He holds a BA in Anthropology (University of Bologna) and an MSc in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Organisations (EGART - Ca' Foscari University Venice). Before joining the SMaC, he undertook an internship at the Haghefilm Foundation (Amsterdam) in 2011. Between 2010 and 2012 he collaborated with Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (the Pordenone Silent Film Festival). He has also worked at the Film Restoration and Archiving Department at ARRI Film & TV (Munich) in 2012. During his research at SMaC he completed another internship at the Royal Belgian Film Archive (Brussels) and undertook an exchange programme at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam). His research focuses on the managerial and curatorial responses of Film Heritage Institutions (FHIs) to digitalisation.


Clothworkers' Building North, 1.07

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José Brambila Ramírez

José Brambila Ramírez

PhD Researcher

José Antonio Brambila is a PhD researcher at the School of Media and Communication, at the University of Leeds, UK. His research is concerned with the logic of anti-press violence and security of journalists in post-authoritarian societies, specially in Mexico. He 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.


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07
Office hours: By appointment

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Jennifer Carlberg

Jennifer Carlberg

PhD Candidate

Jennifer is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, having earned a full departmental scholarship within the School of Media and Communication. 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.

Jennifer is a member of the following research groups:


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 2.17
Office hours: Tuesday, 12.00pm. - 1.00pm.

Runze Ding

Runze Ding

PhD Researcher

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


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Charlotte Elliott

Charlotte Elliott

PhD Candidate and Research Assistant

Charlotte Elliott started as a PhD student at the School of Media and Communication in September, 2013. She holds a BA in Women's Studies with a minor degree in Studio Art from Smith College (2003, USA), and a MA in Global Communications from the American University of Paris (2010). Before joining the School, Charlotte worked in Copenhagen for a small NGO doing communications project management with a €600k budget, which included media buying, web development, and social media strategy. In her free time, Charlotte managed a volunteer-run francophone radio station. Charlotte's research interest is on freedom of speech and its the relationship between diversity, creative expression, and political communication. Her supervisors are Professor Katrin Voltmer and Dr Katy Parry. Charlotte is a member of the School's Political Communication Research Group (PCRG). Charlotte is also a Research Assistant for the MeCoDEM project, and she sits as a PG Representative on the joint Faculty Research Ethics Committee for the Arts and PVAC faculties (PVAR). Charlotte's thesis is titled: "Free speech, tolerance and diversity: A comparative study of France and Denmark"


Clothworkers' Building North, Post: 2.01

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Salem Erayja

PhD student


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Ysabel Gerrard

PhD Student, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant

Ysabel is a fourth-year PhD student, working under the supervision of Dr Nancy Thumim and Dr Helen Thornham. Her main research interests are in women's/girls' popular cultures, digital cultures, and feminist theory. Her PhD thesis explores derisions of teen drama fandom, and focuses on the ways in which fans articulate, negotiate, and enact their (guilty) pleasures.


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07

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.  


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07

Carolyn Jackson-Brown

Carolyn Jackson-Brown

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Carolyn Jackson-Brown is a PhD Candidate at the University of Leeds on a full scholarship within the School of Media and Communication. She is supervised by Prof. Bethany Klein and Dr. Nancy Thumim and is a member of the Journalism Studies Research Group. Carolyn currently assists with the History of Communication module, and has previously taught elsewhere at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She was awarded the University of Leeds Sociology Prize for 'Excellence' (2013) for her dissertation on national identity at the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony and is now focusing on Channel 4's coverage of disability at the Paralympics. She has a broadcast television background with BBC News and Current Affairs and Yorkshire Television.
 


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07
Office hours: Thursdays 2pm-3pm Room 2.16

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Victoria Jaynes

Victoria Jaynes

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 digitally mediated visual cultures 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 and Feminist Reading Group within the school. Victoria is also a teaching assistant on COMM3250 Feminism, Identity and Media and has previously taught on COMM1960 Studying Media.


Office hours: Tuesday 11 am Clothworkers' Building North, Room 2.16

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Ellis Jones

PhD Student

My PhD is on the political value of DIY music in the present day. I've been here since October 2015, under the supervision of Professor David Hesmondhalgh and Dr Leslie Meier. I have a full scholarship from the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities.


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Kristina Karvelyte

Kristina Karvelyte

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Kristina is a postgraduate research student in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include Chinese cities, urban cultural policy, culture-led urban development, and place/city branding. Specifically, her work examines the role of culture as ‘display’ in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. Her thesis is supervised by Professor Kate Oakley and Dr Giorgia Aiello.


Clothworkers' Building North, Room: 1.07
Office hours: Thursday, 16.00 - 17.00pm., Room: 2.16 (or by appointment)

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Dimitrios Kechagias


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.


1.07 Clothworkers' Building North

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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.  


Clothworkers' Building North
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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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.


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07
Office hours: Tuesdays 11.30 - 12.30 Room 2.17 (or by appointment)

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Andreas Rauh Ortega

Andreas Rauh Ortega

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Ph.D. candidate, Research, and Teaching Assistant interested in music, technology, digital media in the ways they intersect with each other. Current Ph.D. research focuses on why and how local musicians make music using digital platforms, and the ways in which digital media affect composition, circulation, and (self) promotion. The main objectives are to assess the ways local musicians (DJs and producers) have incorporated digital media platforms in their musical practices; and evaluate how affordances provided by digital technologies can provide opportunities and/or challenges to musicians according to their interests. Special attention is paid to issues of community, work and employment, music making and remixing, and the political economy of related media industries (namely IT and music).


Clothworker's North

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Michael Schofield

PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant

Mick Schofield is currently conducting practice-led research in photography, investigating hauntology and the 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


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07

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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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Ana Stojiljkovic

Ana Stojiljkovic

Ana Stojiljkovic is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the Institute of Communications Studies, on a full departmental scholarship. Her research interests evolve around strategic communications, and PhD project focuses on targeting voters in election campaigns. She is working under the supervision of Dr Katrin Voltmer and Dr Giorgia Aiello. She is the PhD convener of the ICS Political Communications Research Group, and a TA for modules TV News Journalism, Reporting of Politics, Communication and Public Opinion. Ana holds a BA in Communications and Journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, Serbia and MA in Political Science from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary


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


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07
Office hours: By appointment

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.


Clothworkers' Building South, Room 1.07

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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.  


Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07

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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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Yanling Yang

Yanling Yang


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