Karen Atkinson

Karen Atkinson lectures in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sunderland and has extensive experience in designing, validating and delivering a range of modules within this subject area at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Specifically, she has contributed to courses on Media Theory; Media Discourses, Research Methods; Cultural Theory and Popular Culture; Media Discourses and those centring on issues of language, media and gender. She holds a PhD (University of Wales) in Discourse Analysis and has researched and published on the discursive construction of 'nostalgia' in party election broadcasts (with Stuart Allan) and on the micro dynamics of talk between host and callers during radio phone-in programmes (with Shaun Moores). She was awarded Welsh Office/University of Glamorgan research funding to co-direct a project into ‘Lone Parenting in the South Wales Valleys’ which explored political and media discourses of representation, contrasting these with lone parents’ own articulated negotiations of social identity.  She has co-authored (with Mary Talbot & David Atkinson) Language and Power in the Modern World (EUP 2003). She is currently interested in researching how ‘motherhood’ works as a complex, dynamic and shifting social identity through new media technologies. In 2012, Karen also acted as consultant to Pearson Education Ltd to revise and update their student resource website for Cultural Studies textbooks.

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