Dr Emily Harmer

Senior Lecturer in Media Communication and Media


Personal Statement

Emily joined the department in 2016. She previously gained her PhD (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) in 2013. Her research interests centre on the relationship between gender, media and politics and the extent to which these have changed over time. Emily is the author of Women, Media and Elections: Marginalisation and Representation in British Politics (published in 2021), and co-editor of Online Othering: Exploring digital violence and discrimination on the web (2019). Emily is Co-Director of DigiPol: Centre for Digital Politics, Media and Democracy.

Emily worked on a number of large projects before joining the department, such as a Leverhulme Trust funded project looking at wider changes and continuities in British electoral coverage, a ‘real time’ analysis of media coverage of the UK General Election of 2015 (funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust) and the EU Referendum campaign 2016. Since joining the department, she has continued her work analysing the relationship between politics and journalism. Emily has more recently begun publishing research about the online abuse and marginalisation of women and minoritized groups in public life.

Outside of the university, Emily has co-convened the UK Political Studies Association’s Media and Politics Specialist Group since 2013 and served as the Assistant Editor for the European Journal of Communication from 2015-2022.