Angelos Kissas serves as special adviser of Communication and Social Media to the President of the Hellenic Republic. He is a graduate of the Communication and Media Studies Department of the University of Athens (Greece), and holds an MSc in Politics and Communication and a PhD in Media and Communications from the LSE. Upon successful completion of his PhD, Angelos earned a prestigious ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
In his doctoral research, Angelos attempted a wide-ranging, critical, retheorization of the place (meaning-making) and the role (power-serving) of political ideology in the contemporary, mediatized, context of political communication. Followingly, in his postdoctoral project, he grappled with the recent rise of populism in Europe and the West, examining the Twitter charisma of right/left-wing leaders as a performative and ideological manifestation of contemporary populism. During his visit at the LSE, Angelos will follow up and expand on his recent work, combining a further investigation of populist online communication – centrist leaders’ Twitter charisma, celebrities’ Instagram ordinariness and protests’ Youtube spectacle – with a novel theoretical and analytical approach to populism that aspires to make a broader intervention in the field of media and communication – a discursive critique of “new materialism” as media theory.
Angelos is an active member of the “Populism Specialist Group” of the Political Studies Association and, for his research, he has been awarded grants by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, the Alexander S Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council.
During his time at LSE, Dr Kissas is working with Professor Lilie Chouliaraki.