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Dr Sara De Benedictis

Dr Sara De Benedictis
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications

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Sara joined Brunel in May 2017 and is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications. Sara convenes and contributes to various modules in Media and Communications and Sociology. 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, 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 the Co-Chair (with Laura Clancy) of the Feminist Studies Association (UK and Ireland).


PhD in Cultural Studies (King's College London)


  • Dissertation Convenor for Sociology and Communications

Newest selected publications

Roberts, J. and De Benedictis, S. (2021) 'Childbirth on television: a scoping review and recommendations for further research'. Feminist Media Studies, 21 (2). pp. 248 - 264. ISSN: 1468-0777

Journal article

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

Journal article

Jensen, T., Allen, K., de Benedictis, S., Garthwaite, K. and Patrick, R. (2019) 'Welfare imaginaries at the interregnum'. Soundings, 72 (72). pp. 79 - 89. ISSN: 1362-6620

Journal article

De Benedictis, S., Orgad, S. and Rottenberg, C. (2019) '#MeToo, popular feminism and the news: A content analysis of UK newspaper coverage'. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 22 (5-6). pp. 718 - 738. ISSN: 1367-5494 Open Access Link

Journal article

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, 36 (1). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 1529-5036 Open Access Link

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