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Dr Sara De Benedictis

Dr Sara De Benedictis
Lecturer in Media and Communications

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Sara joined Brunel in May 2017 as a Lecturer in Media and Communications. Sara is the convenor of Media Genres (L2) and The Creative Industries (L5) and contributes to teaching on Gender and Sexuality (L3). 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 and sexuality, class, postfeminism, austerity and popular culture. 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. Before entering academia, Sara worked as a research associate for charities in the women’s sector.

Sara is currently working on a new research project, The 'Period Poverty' Project. She is also co-organising the Welfare Imaginaries seminar series.


  • Web Liason Co-Ordinator for the Department of Social and Political Sciences

Newest selected publications

De Benedictis, S., Johnson, C., Roberts, J. and Spiby, H. (2018) 'Quantitative insights into televised birth: A content analysis of One Born Every Minute'. Critical Studies in Media Communication. ISSN: 0739-3180 Open Access Link

Journal article

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. pp. 7 - 22. ISBN 13: 9783319635132. Open Access Link

Book chapter

De Benedictis, S., Allen, K. and Jensen, T. (2017) 'Portraying Poverty: The Economics and Ethics of Factual Welfare Television'. Cultural Sociology, 11 (3). pp. 337 - 358. ISSN: 1749-9755 Open Access Link

Journal article

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.

Book chapter

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

Book chapter
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