I am a qualitative and quantitative researcher who studies political culture, social media, and the creative industries (especially publishing). I take a particular interest in how extremism, hate speech, and social exclusion manifest within all three of those areas.
My work has appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Cultural Trends, Cultural Sociology, European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Language & Literature. My first edited book, Communicating in English: Talk, Text, Technology, was published by Routledge, and my first co-authored monograph, a history of the book in Britain from the Anglo Saxon era to the present day, is in press at Blackwell. My most recent peer reviewed article, ' "Hitler had a valid argument against some Jews": Repertoires for the denial of antisemitism in Facebook discussion of a survey of attitudes to Jews and Israel' is in press at Discourse, Context & Media.
In addition to teaching and researching at the University of Leicester, I volunteer for the Campaign Against Antisemitism.