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Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University

William Dance is a Senior Research Associate and UKRI PhD candidate at Lancaster University researching manipulation and deception in online spaces. His research uses corpus linguistic approaches to study the replication and reception of online disinformation (fake news) on social media. It focuses on how people share misinformation and disinformation online to legitimise their views and how people use fake news to convince others to align with their own ideologies.


  • 2017–present
    Associate lecturer in linguistics, Lancaster University
  • 2020–present
    Senior research associate, Lancaster University


  • 2017 
    Lancaster University, MA in Language and Linguistics
  • 2016 
    The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol), BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Small Research Grant
    Funding Source:
    ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)
  • 2018
    AHRC Doctoral Scholarship
    NWCDTP Studentship
    Funding Source:
    Arts and Humanities Research Council