Sara joined Brunel in May 2017 as a Lecturer in Media and Communications. Sara is the convenor of Key Ideas in Media Studies (L1) and Media Genres (L2) and contributes to teaching on Making Sense of Culture and Society (L1) and Visual Cultures (L2). Sara has taught on media studies, cultural studies and sociology courses at various universities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, such as City University London, King’s College London and the London School of Economics.
Sara’s research interests are in gender, class, birth, motherhood, postfeminism, austerity and reality television. Prior to joining Brunel, she worked on a number of research projects about birth, motherhood and popular culture. Her ESRC funded PhD in Cultural Studies (2016) at King’s College London explored representations of, and reactions to, birth under austerity Britain. Sara was also a Research Assistant at the London School of Economics for Dr Shani Orgad in the Department of Media and Communications working on a project about representations of stay-at-home mothers and she was a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Televising Childbirth. Sara is currently working on a new project about reproductive politics in times of austerity. Before entering academia, Sara worked as a research associate for charities in the women’s sector.
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Newest selected publications
Roberts, J., De Benedictis, S. and Spiby, H. (2017) ''Love Birth, Hate One Born Every Minute?' Birth community discourse around televised childbirth', in Luce, A., Hundley, V. and van Teijlingen, E. (eds.) Midwifery, Childbirth and the Media. Palgrave MacMillan.Open Access Link
De Benedictis, S., Allen, K. and Jensen, T. (2017) 'Portraying Poverty: The Economics and Ethics of Factual Welfare Television'. Cultural Sociology. ISSN: 1749-9755 Open Access Link
De Benedictis, S. and Orgad, S. (2016) 'The Escalating Price of Motherhood: Aesthetic Labour in Popular Representations of ‘Stay-at-Home’ Mothers', in Elias, AS., Gill, R. and Scharff, C. (eds.) Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism. pp. 101 - 116.
De Benedictis, S. (2016) 'Watching One Born Every Minute: Negotiating the terms of the 'good birth'', in Moseley, R., Wheatley, H. and Wood, H. (eds.) Television for Women: New Directions. Open Access Link
Orgad, S. and De Benedictis, S. (2015) 'The ‘stay-at-home’ mother, postfeminism and neoliberalism: Content analysis of UK news coverage'. European Journal of Communication, 30 (4). pp. 418 - 436. ISSN: 0267-3231 Open Access Link