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Dr Simon Weaver

Dr Simon Weaver
Senior Lecturer

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Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Brunel University London. He started at Brunel as a Lecturer in Media and Communications in April 2012 and became a Senior Lecturer in October 2017.

Simon completed his PhD in the Department of Sociology, University of Bristol, with a thesis entitled Humour, Rhetoric and Racism: A Sociological Critique of Racist Humour. That thesis formed the basis of his first book, The Rhetoric of Racist Humour: US, UK and Global Race Joking, which was published by Ashgate in September 2011. His first journal article (The ‘Other’ Laughs Back: Humour and Resistance in Anti-Racist Comedy, Sociology 2010 44.1: 31-48), won the British Sociological Association’s ‘Sage Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence 2011’.

Between his PhD and arriving at Brunel, Simon worked as a Research Associate in Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester and held an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Communications and Media Studies, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.


  • PhD Sociology (Bristol)
  • MSc Sociology (Bristol)
  • BA History and Sociology (UWE)


External Partnerships Coordinator for the Division of Social Sciences and Communications

Research Seminar Series Coordinator for Sociology and Communications

Co-Convenor, MSc Media and Communications

Newest selected publications

Weaver, S. (2019) 'Brexit Tricksters and the Reconstruction of Taboo. Populism, Irony and Satire in Post-Referendum Britain'. Comedy Studies. ISSN: 2040-610X Open Access Link

Journal article

Weaver, S. (Accepted) 'Brexit Irony on The Last Leg and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Critiquing Neoliberalism through Caricature', in Webber, J. (ed.) The Joke Is on Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. Lexington Books.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Martin, GP., Currie, G., Weaver, S., Finn, R. and McDonald, R. (2017) 'Institutional complexity and individual responses: delineating the boundaries of partial autonomy'. Organization Studies, 38 (1). pp. 103 - 127. ISSN: 1741-3044 Open Access Link

Journal article

Weaver, S. and Ozieranski, P. (2016) 'New European tricksters: Polish jokes in the context of European Union labour migration'. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19 (5). pp. 577 - 591. ISSN: 1367-8779 Open Access Link

Journal article
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