Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Ysabel Gerrard

PhD Student, Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant

Clothworkers' Building North, Room 1.07

BA (Hons) and MA Communications Studies, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

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.


Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield:

Social Media, Data and Society (Seminar Leader, 2016-2017 academic year)

School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds:

COMM3250 Feminism, Identity and Media (Seminar Leader, 2015/2016 academic year)
COMM1960 Studying Media (Seminar Leader, 2015/2016 academic year)
COMM1920 Introduction to Communication Theory (Seminar Leader, 2013/2014 academic year)

I have also guest lectured on a number of modules, such as: MA Dissertation Research Methods (Leeds), Social Media, Data and Society (Sheffield), and Studying Media (Leeds).


Journal articles

Research Projects & Grants

Conference Organisation

Alongside Professor Helen Kennedy, Ysabel co-organises the Data Power conference, an international conference to be held at the University of Carleton in June 2017. Ysabel co-organised the first Data Power conference, which was held at the University of Sheffield in 2015.

Ysabel also co-organised Dr Katy Parry’s Military and the Media Symposium in 2015, and an internal SMC PhD Symposium in March 2016.

Research Assistant 

Ysabel has worked as a research assistant on multiple projects, including Dr Helen Thornham’s welfare reforms project; Dr Katy Parry’s representations of contemporary soldiering project, and Dr Lee Edwards’ and Dr Fiona Philips’ Rape Crisis England and Wales project.

Research Centres & Groups

Ysabel is a member of both the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Group and the Feminist Reading Group.

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