I received my PhD in linguistics from Lancaster University in 2009. I previously taught linguistics at the University of Hertfordshire (2007-2011) and Northumbria University (2011-2013) before returning to Lancaster as faculty in 2013.
I investigate the way language and images in the media and political discourse can help shape the worldviews that justify social actions and relations. In this context, I focus on the influence of language and image on cognition, employing a range of theoretical and empirical methods. I have analysed a range of social and political discourses but have concentrated most on
1. anti-immigration discourses in the media and in mainstream as well as far-right political parties
2. discourses of riots, strikes and protests in the media and parliamentary debate