Dr Helen Thornham


I joined the School of Media and Communication in 2011 from City University London where I was a Lecturer in Media and Sociology. My research centres on issues of gender and digital technology. At the moment, I am writing a book on gender and technology to be published in 2018, and a book on automation, to be published in 2019. These come out of RCUK funded research. My main research interests are around gender and digital culture; narrative theories and mediation of technology; transformative use and appropriation of (new) media; feminist new media theory. At the moment I am drawing on a range of STS work and feminist digital media theories to think about the power relations of data, algorithms and datalogical processes in relation to everyday and mundane practices. I lead the MA core module Digital Practices: COMM5780M and Individual Directed Study COMM 5735M. I teach across the Digital Media Programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and contribute to the feminism and media modules across the school. I am Programme Leader for the MA New Media.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>