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Ellen Watts

I’m a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, in the New Political Communication Unit. I’m interested in anything and everything to do with politics and popular culture.

My research currently focuses on celebrity interventions in politics. This has involved case studies on Russell Brand’s support for the New Era housing campaign, celebrity endorsements of the Labour party during the 2015 General Election (remember that?), and Emma Watson’s feminist book club and discussion forum Our Shared Shelf.

I also have a broader interest in qualitative research methods in media and politics, and am particularly interested at the moment in digital methods and research ethics. I taught research methods at Royal Holloway for 2 years, on an introductory course for first year undergraduates covering research design, experimental research, and quantitative methods.

You can follow me on Twitter, or email me at ellen.watts.2012@rhul.ac.uk



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