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Who's who in the Department of Media and Communications

Department Leadership Team


Head of Department

Professor Bart Cammaerts


Deputy Head of Department (Education)

Professor Lee Edwards


Deputy Head of Department (Research)

Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan


Department Manager

James Deeley

Academic staff


Dr Omar Al-Ghazzi
Associate Professor

Interests and expertise: global communication; comparative journalism; digital activism; collective memory; popular culture; media and war; Middle East and North Africa


Dr Asif Ali Akhtar
LSE Fellow

Interests and expertise: media anthropology; histories of communication technologies and regulations; postcolonial media systems; democratisation of media and political discourses; surveillance and data privacy; governance systems and media policy frameworks


Dr Nick Anstead
Associate Professor

Interests and expertise: campaigning; citizenship; eCampaigning; ePolitics; elections; internet; new media; political participation; political parties


Professor Shakuntala Banaji
Professor of Media, Culture and Social Change

Interests and expertise: Bollywood; Hindi cinema; South Asia; audiences; children; creativity; film studies; international media; media education; media literacy; misinformation and disinformation; online participation; social media, toxic speech and hate speech; youth civic participation

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Professor Charlie Beckett 
Professor of Practice, Director of Polis 

Interests and expertiseartificial intelligence (AI); broadcasting; digital; emotions; ethics; future of news; governance; international media; journalism; media economics; networked journalism; newspapers; social media; start-ups; terror reporting; US media; WikiLeaks


Professor Bart Cammaerts
Professor of Politics and Communication, Head of Department

Interests and expertise: media strategies of activists; media representations of protest; alternative media and counter-cultures; media histories; political theory and broader issues relating to power, participation and public-ness


Professor Lilie Chouliaraki
Chair in Media and Communications

Interests and expertise: corporate communication and branding; humanitarian communication; media ethics; public sphere and civil action; media representations of suffering and violence


Professor Nick Couldry 
Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory

Interests and expertise: media and data ethics; media audiences; media and platform power; reality media; social theory; sociology of culture; voice and listening

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Dr Simidele Dosekun
Assistant Professor 

Interests and expertise: gender and media; race and ethnicity; Africa; consumer and popular cultures; representation; globalisation; feminist theory; qualitative research methodologies; knowledge politics


Professor Lee Edwards
Professor of Strategic Communications and Public Engagement, Deputy Head of Department (Education)

Interests and expertise: critical approaches to strategic communication and public relations; postcolonial theory, critical race theory, intersectionality and public relations; PR as a professional field; promotional industries and cultures; strategic communications, public engagement and democracy; copyright policy and public engagement


Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Associate Professor, Deputy Head of Department (Research)

Interests and expertise: communication rights and technologies; data profiling; surveillance; privacy; data and discrimination; democratic communication; digital inclusion; media justice; public participation in comms/tech policy

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Professor Myria Georgiou
Professor of Media and Communications

Interests and expertise: audience research; diaspora; migration and the media; identity and the media; media and the city; transnational communities and networks

Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris

Dr Suzanne Temwa Gondwe Harris
LSE Fellow in Media, Communication and Development

Interests and expertise: race and ethnicity; racism; coloniality; development; foreign aid; critical discourse; representation; Africa


Professor Ellen Helsper
Professor of Digital Inequalities, Doctoral Programme Director

Interests and expertise: digital inequalities; information and communication technologies (ICTs); interpersonal mediated communication; media and everyday life; methodologies in media and communications research



Dr César Jiménez-Martínez
Assistant Professor

Interests and expertise: media and the nation; nation branding; public diplomacy; soft power; protests and contestation; promotional cultures; branding; Latin America; visibility


Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE
Professor of Social Psychology

Interests and expertise: media and everyday life; media audiences; children and digital media; media literacy; children’s rights in the digital environment; mediated participation; online risks, privacy and safety; media regulation in the public interest


Professor Emerita Robin Mansell
Professor Emerita of New Media and the Internet

Interests and expertise: media and communications regulation and policy; internet governance; privacy and surveillance; digital platforms; data and information; social, political and economic impacts of innovation and digital technology applications

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Professor Bingchun Meng 
Professor of Media and Communications

Interests and expertise: gender and the media, political economy of media industries, communication governance, comparative media studies, media and communication in China


Dr Dylan Mulvin
Assistant Professor

Interests and expertise: media history; media theory; infrastructure studies; science and technology studies; history of science and technology; visual culture; screen technologies; gender studies; disability studies; 20th century history; cultural studies


Dr Rachel O'Neill
Assistant Professor

Interests and expertise: gender and sexuality; media and culture; labour; consumption and embodiment; feminist theory; knowledge politics; ethnography 

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Professor Shani Orgad
Professor of Media and Communications

Interests and expertise: gender, feminism and media; motherhood; globalisation; media representations; narrative; ethnographic research methods


Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin
Associate Professor, Exam Board Chair

Interests and expertise: politics of platforms; data and knowledge; media infrastructures


Dr Alison Powell
Associate Professor

Interests and expertise: technological citizenship; ethics and values in technology design; 'smart cities'; algorithmic culture; transparency and accountability of algorithmic systems; tech culture; hacker culture; tech activism 


Professor Terhi Rantanen 
Professor of Global Media and Communications

Interests and expertise: media globalization; news agencies; media history; national and global news; comparative research


Dr Philipp Seuferling
LSE Fellow

Interests and expertise: media and migration; borders; media theory; media history


Dr Damian Tambini
Distinguished Policy Fellow 

Interests and expertise: broadcasting; regulation; telecommunications; public sphere; freedom of speech; intellectual property; the commons 

Wendy Willems

Dr Wendy Willems 
Associate Professor

Interests and expertisepostcolonial/decolonial approaches to media and communication; global media and communication studies; urban communication; digital publics and history; racialised publics; global knowledge production; intellectual histories


Dr Jungmo Youn
LSE Fellow

Interests and expertisecritical cultural studies; cultural history; media history; media political economy; history of mentality; conceptual history


Professional services staff

General advice and guidance

The following email addresses are monitored by more than one staff member.

Education and Student Experience Team


Nicole Garnier - Team Lead
Deputy Department Manager, Head of Education and Student Experience

Ask me about: day-to-day oversight of all MSc programmes, teaching operations and student experience

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Ethan Liu
Programmes Coordinator

Ask me aboutMSc programme and course regulations, MSc assessment, coursework and exams


Ben McDonald
Programmes Coordinator

Ask me aboutMSc admissions; MSc student experience, events and activities; MSc teaching support


Martina Zuccarella
Programmes Coordinator

Ask me aboutundergraduate study; dual degree admissions, student experience and activities; alumni relations

Research and Operations Team


Leo Beattie - Team Lead
Research Manager

Ask me about: all aspects of departmental research; research finance; research excellence exercise preparations


Danielle Blasse
PhD Programmes Coordinator

Ask me about: all aspects of doctoral (PhD) administration, including admissions, current students and alumni


Brianna Crummy 
Research Operations Coordinator

Ask me about: visiting academic appointments; departmental research events; research and department finances


Lwam Tesfay
Events and Communications Coordinator

Ask me about: public events; online communications; website management; social media and research communications

Department Management


James Deeley
Department Manager

Ask me about: departmental strategy and resources; leadership of departmental professional services; management of human, financial and physical resources; departmental strategic development; departmental policy and procedure; oversight of compliance, legal issues and critical incidents

Guest teaching staff

Alessandro Castellini

Dr Alessandro Castellini
Guest Teacher

Interests and expertise: gender; sexuality; motherhood; postpartum depression; emotions; Japan; film theory; psychoanalysis; philosophies of translation; critical pedagogies


Dr Kate Gilchrist
Guest Teacher and Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: gender; subjectivity; postfeminism; popular culture; self narrative; psychosocial theory; discourse analysis; intersectionality


Dr Leslie Haddon 
Guest Teacher and Visiting Senior Fellow

Interests and expertise: ICT consumption and domestication; children and the Internet; mobile phones; social shaping of technology


Dr Jess Hannah
Guest Teacher

Interests and expertise: literary studies, media history, cultural studies


Dr Maria Paola Pofi
Guest Teacher

Interests and expertise: gender, feminism and media; migration and mobility; media culture, diversity, and inequality; media representations and media audiences

Visiting and associate staff

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Professor Ahmet Atay
Visiting Senior Fellow, College of Wooster

Interests and expertise: media and film studies; new media studies; cultural studies; queer theory and gender studies; globalization; postcolonial and decolonial studies; autoethnography


Dr Meghanne Barker
Visiting Fellow, University College London

Interests and expertise: media and semiotic anthropology; postsocialism; childhood 


Professor Sarah Banet-Weiser
Associate Faculty, University of Pennsylvania

Interests and expertise: gender; feminist theory; race and ethnicity; consumer culture; neoliberal capitalism; branding; popular culture; social media; youth culture

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Professor Bendetta Brevini
Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Sydney

Interests and expertise: political economy of communications; climate change and the media; environmental communication; platform capitalism; AI and sustainability; greening AI; media reforms; public interest and public service media


Dr Patricio Cabello
Visiting Senior Fellow, Universidad de Chile

Interests and expertise: digital skills; social uses of media; digital media and education; student wellbeing


Dr Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer
Visiting Fellow, Kozminski University

Interests and expertise: political communication; journalism; political commentary


Dr Bei Deng
Visiting Fellow, Southwest Minzu University

Interests and expertise: media image, disinformation, misinformation and fake news, media ethics, oral history


Dr Torsten Geelan
Visiting Fellow, University of Copenhagen

Interests and expertiselabour movements; media power; just transitions; alternatives to capitalism 


Dr Kate Gilchrist
Visiting Fellow and Guest Teacher

Interests and expertise: gender; subjectivity; postfeminism; popular culture; self narrative; psychosocial theory; discourse analysis; intersectionality


Dr Yael Gordon
Visiting Fellow 

Interests and expertise: refugees; refugee voice; refugee representation in media; refugee use of social media 


Dr Leslie Haddon 
Guest Teacher and Visiting Senior Fellow

Interests and expertise: ICT consumption and domestication; children and the Internet; mobile phones; social shaping of technology


Professor Alison Harcourt 
Visiting Professor, University of Exeter

Interests and expertise: media and communications regulation; internet governance; press and broadcasting policy. 

Velislava Hillman

Dr Velislava Hillman
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: education technologies; educational data; digital media literacy; children and young people’s digital rights; creativity; mediated learning


Dr Weizi Huang
Visiting Fellow, Macau University of Science and Technology

Interests and expertise: media and cultural studies; motherhood and women studies; contemporary China

Yasemin İnceoğlu

Professor Yasemin Inceoglu
Visiting Professor, UNESCO

Interests and expertise: hate speech; media literacy; discriminative discourse; media coverage of others

Baharul Islam

Professor Baharul Islam
Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Management

Interests and expertise: communications strategy; media; films; public policy; governance; information and communications planning


Dr Reidar S Jessen
Visiting Fellow, University of Oslo

Interests and expertise: clinical psychology; gender; queer theory; self-Identity


Professor Christian Katzenbach
Visiting Professor, University of Bremen

Interests and expertise: platform governance; social media; tech discourses; AI


Dr Anthony Kelly
Visiting Fellow, Maynooth University

Interests and expertise: toxic fan practices; digital labour; political influencers; user-generated media; audience studies; platform economies; selective exposure; media refusal; news engagement; political consumerism; affect; antagonism; voice; identity

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Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE
Visiting Professor in Practice, 5Rights

Interests and expertise: children's rights in the digital age; internet policy; data protection

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Dr Angelos Kissas
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: populism in the digital age; ideology and power in mediatised politics; politics of victimhood and (in)justice in social media; multimodal and critical discourse analysis 

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Professor Jim Macnamara 
Visiting Professor, University of Technlogy Sydney

Interests and expertise: measurement; evaluation; organisational listening; public communication


Dr Ewa Majczak
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertiseCameroon; West Africa; gender; young women; beauty; fashion; photography; digital economies; visual technologies; intimacy; emotions; affect; digital capitalism


Dr José-Carlos Mariátegui
Visiting Senior Fellow, LUISS Guido Carli University

Interests and expertise: art and technology; media archaeology; digitisation; memory organisations; media industry


Dr Terese Mendiguren
Visiting Fellow, University of the Basque Country

Interests and expertise: participatory journalism; digital media; journalism practices in social media


Claire Milne
Visiting Senior Fellow

Interests and expertise: consumer affairs; consumer representation; nuisance calls; numbering; telecommunications policy; telecommunications regulation; universal service


Dr Rian Mulcahy
LSE Fellow, LSE100

Interests and expertise: economic sociology, sociology of markets, valuation studies

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Professor Hannu Nieminen
Visiting Professor, University of Helsinki

Interests and expertise: communication and democracy; theories of the public sphere; European media and communications policy; media regulation; communication rights


Dr Jedrzej Niklas
Visiting Fellow, Cardiff University

Interests and expertise: state and technology; human rights; data protection; data and discrimination; bureaucracy and public institutions; surveillance studies; civil society and participation; political theory

Gabriel Pereira

Dr Gabriel Pereira 
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: critical algorithim studies; resistance; antagonism

Kruakae Pothong

Dr Kruakae Pothong
Visiting Fellow, Ada Lovelace Institute

Interests and expertise: design-led research; deliberative methods; human-computer interaction; digital ethics; internet of things; internet and related policies; user research


Dr Miriam Rahali
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: advertising and branding; children and media; consumer behaviour; crisis communication; digital inequalities; generations; gender; inclusive education; parenting; representation; research methods


Dr Maggie Scammell
Visiting Senior Fellow

Interests and expertise: political communications, especially political campaigning; media and elections; governments and news management; political marketing and political journalism


Professor Philip Schlesinger
Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow

Interests and expertise: cultural policy; digital cultures; post-truth and the politics of expertise; creative and cultural industries; collective identity

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Professor Hannele Seeck
Visiting Professor, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT)

Interests and expertise: organisational communications; crisis communications; ideology; discourse; propaganda; Foucault; governmentality; critical management studies


Professor Julian Sefton-Green
Visiting Professor, Deakin University

Interests and expertise: media education; creativity; digital childhoods; informal learning


Professor Katherine Sender
Visiting Senior Fellow, Cornell University

Interests and expertiseLGBTQ+; queer; television; audiences; marketing


Jonny Shipp
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertise: sustainability, accountability corporate purpose and ethics in relation to digitalisation; online platforms and Internet services


Dr Johanna Sumiala
Visiting Fellow, University of Helsinki

Interests and expertise: media and social theory; ritual; death; religion; digital anthropology


Dr Jane Vincent
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertiseyouth and the Internet; mobile communications; emotion and ICTs; telecommunications history


Dr Nina Vindum Rasmussen
LSE Fellow, LSE100

Interests and expertise: algorithmic culture; media production; creative industries; digital platforms; cultural labour; qualitative research methods


Dr Grace Yuehan Wang
Visiting Fellow

Interests and expertiseGlobal South; digital economy (with a focus on Africa and Asia); development and policy; technology and innovation; creative culture; digital storytelling


Dr Jun Yu
Visting Fellow, National University of Singapore

Interests and expertisealgorithmic culture; data privacy; platformisation; datafied education; social theory

Research and project staff


Dr Fiona Abades Barclay
Research Officer, Media Literacy Programme

Interests and expertisemedia and culture; online labour; critical media literacy; digital and popular cultures; postfeminism and neoliberalism; girls and young women; online communities and parasocial relations.


Dr Fabian Broeker
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Interests and expertise: digital ethnography, social media, platforms, dating apps


Emma Goodman
Policy Officer, Media@LSE

Interests and expertise: media policy; fake news; e-campaigning; national and international news journalism; media and development

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Diego Martinez 
Research Fellow, REMEDIS project 

Interests and expertise: digital inclusion; ICT4D; digital literacy

Pablo Morales

Dr Pablo Morales
UKRI Postdoctoral Fellow, CICLA project

Interests and expertise: globalisation; media flows; China; Latin America

Esra Ozkan

Esra Ozkan
Table Co-Director, Justice, Equity and Technology

Interests and expertise: social justice; anti-racism; social action; movement building; network development

Didem Ozkul

Dr Didem Özkul
Research Officer, Digital Futures for Children

Interests and expertise: communication technologies; critical data studies; privacy; surveillance


Sanne Stevens
Table Co-Director, Justice, Equity and Technology

Interests and expertise: politics of data-driven automation; demystifying technologies; digital welfare state; organising; social justice; anti-racism; repression


Dr Mariya Stoilova
Research Officer, Global Kids Online

Interests and expertise: digital technologies, well-being, and family support; social change and transformations of intimate life; citizenship and social inequalities


Tshepo Tshabalala
Project Manager, JournalismAI

Interests and expertisejournalism, media innovation, social media

PhD researchers and alumni

Job opportunities

  • We welcome enquiries from exceptional postdoctoral candidates who wish to join the Department with a funded Early Career Research Fellowship. See here for more information about fellowships we are able to host.