I am an anthropologist (digital+linguistic) with extensive experience in applying critical social science perspectives to the study of digital politics and media. I am interested in exploring the impact of digital communication technologies on human sociality, especially as this relates to emerging patterns of political action and identification.
My doctoral research explored the role of online partisan media in contemporary American politics and society, with an empirical focus on “below-the-line” commentary on a conservative news and opinion website during the 2016 US presidential election. I situated my approach in terms of the ongoing debate regarding the nature and extent of polarisation in American political life, which has assumed a new vibrancy in the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election.
My doctoral research was funded by an NUI Travelling Studentship in Media and Communications. Read more about my research.
As an assistant lecturer in anthropology, I designed and delivered three 12-week lecture series. These modules were offered to final year undergraduates, taught postgraduates, and PhD researchers in the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University, Ireland. Topics included Digital Anthropology, Political Media, and Globalisation.
Read more about my teaching experience.