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Dr Sara De Benedictis
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications

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Sara joined Brunel in May 2017. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications in the Department of Social and Political Sciences. Sara’s research explores the cultural politics of gender, class, reproduction and activism. She has published on topics like televisual birth, ‘period poverty’, ‘poverty porn’ or #MeToo, and has contributed to public and political debates on such topics. Sara is currently researching ‘period poverty’, reproductive politics and feminist activism.

Sara teaches various modules in Media and Communications and Sociology at Brunel. She 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. Before entering academia, Sara worked for charities in the women’s sector.


  • PhD in Cultural Studies from King's College London (2016)
  • MA in Gender and Culture with Distinction from Goldsmiths College (2010)
  • First Class BA (Hons) in Film Studies and Cultural Sociology from University of Nottingham (2009)


Interim Director of Equality and Diversity for Social and Poltical Sciences

Newest selected publications

De Benedictis, S. (2022) 'Periods of Austerity: The emergence of “period poverty” in UK news media'. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 1367-5494 Open Access Link

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Clancy, L. and De Benedictis, S. (2021) ''I wanted to offer my sympathy ... woman to woman': Reading The Crown during a conjuncture of crisis'. Soundings, 79 (79). pp. 122 - 133. ISSN: 1362-6620 Open Access Link

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De Benedictis, S. (2020) 'Reflecting on 10 years of Maternal Studies'. Studies in the Maternal, 13 (1). pp. 1 - 9.Open Access Link

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Roberts, J. and De Benedictis, S. (2019) 'Childbirth on television: a scoping review and recommendations for further research'. Feminist Media Studies, 21 (2). pp. 248 - 264. ISSN: 1468-0777

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Jensen, T., Allen, K., Garthwaite, K., Patrick, R. and De Benedictis, S. (2019) 'Welfare imaginaries at the interregnum'. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 72 (72). pp. 79 - 89. ISSN: 1362-6620 Open Access Link

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