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Briony Hannell

University Teacher in Sociology, University of Sheffield

Dr Briony Hannell is an early-career feminist researcher and sociologist based in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. She completed her PhD in Politics at the University of East Anglia, UK, in 2021. Her research interests span across (digital) media, culture, and communications, feminist sociology, cultural studies, internet studies, digital sociology, youth studies, and fan studies. She is primarily interested in young people, citizenship and participation, and digital (anti)feminisms. Her research on young people, feminism and anti-feminism, fan culture, digital culture, and Tumblr has been featured in The Observer, Vice, The Independent, Dazed, WIRED, BBC Radio, and more. Her first book, Feminist Fandom: Media Fandom, Digital Feminisms, and Tumblr was published by Bloomsbury in early 2024.


  • 2021–2024
    University Teacher in Sociology, University of Sheffield
  • 2017–2020
    Associate Lecturer and Tutor, University of East Anglia


  • 2021 
    University of East Anglia, PhD Politics


  • 2024
    Feminist Fandom: Media Fandom, Digital Feminisms and Tumblr,
  • 2021
    Muslim Girlhood, DIY Citizenship and Skam Fandom, Girlhood Studies
  • 2020
    Fan Studies and/as Feminist Methodology, Transformative Works and Cultures
  • 2020
    Fan Girls, The International Encyclopaedia of Gender, Media and Communication

Professional Memberships

  • British Sociological Association
  • European Communication Research and Education Association
  • Feminist Studies Association
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association
  • Association of Internet Researchers