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Dr Valentina Cardo BSc (Hons, Politics), MA (Politics), PhD (Politics)

Associate Professor of Politics and Identity, Director of Internationalisation

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Dr Valentina Cardo is Associate Professor of Politics and Identity and co-Director of Intersectionality: Politics - Identities - Cultures (iPIC) Research Group.

Valentina’s teaching and research expertise are located within the broader field of political communication, journalism and gender politics. She has published her research on topics such as celebrity politics, e-government, gender and politics and popular culture and citizenship.

She has taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses on online media and democracy; gender, politics and media; Journalism. She has also supervised a number of PhD students in these research areas.


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Research interests

Valentina’s research and teaching branch across three interconnected strands: questions of power, identity and difference; the changing relationship between the media and modes of political and civic agency; and the impact of digital technologies on traditional communication strategies.

She is co-investigator (with Dr Tom Irvine, MUS) for the Turing Institute Pilot Project Jazz As Social Machine

Valentina teaches and supervises several PhD students in the areas of online media and democracy; gender, politics and media; journalism; art, politics and feminism, music and political activism.

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Jazz as Social Machine

The project takes the idea of the "social machine" as its point of departure. Jazz is made on the basis of "operations" (interactive improvisation) performed on "data" (song structures, rhythmic conventions etc). The project argues that jazz as a global practice is a "social machine" (e.g. Wikipedia). It aggregates the "energy" of networked participants - their data - and converts this via interaction into meaning.

  • Director of Internationalisation
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Co-Lead
  • Athena Swan Co-Chair

PhD Supervision

Valentina’s current PhD students are:

  • Uri Agnon (with Music): music and protest
  • Ozlem Demirkol: Political Conversation on Turkish Twitter
  • Dingkai (Elio) Hao: Fashion Film and Identity
  • Caroline Lo: Feminist Textile Art
  • Cat Morgan (with Politics and WSI): Feminist Twitter
  • Michele Zadra (with Politics and WSI): Online Political Deliberation and EU Citizens

In the past, Valentina has supervised PhDs in citizen journalism and the Arab Spring; online construction of Indonesian ethnic identity; digital activism in India; gender, sexuality and online celebrity politics in China and Hong Kong, online media and pluralism in Pakistan, political marketing.

Valentina is keen to supervise students in all areas of political communication, art and politics, journalism, gender politics, activism, politics and the mass media (including popular culture).

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Since 2006, Valentina has taught at the University of East Anglia and the University of Auckland (NZ) on a variety of modules, including Online Media and Democracy, Journalism, Politics and Popular Culture, Gender, Politics and Media.

She joined WSA in June 2016 and is the module coordinator for Design 1.


Dr Valentina Cardo
Room number 1035

Room Number : 63F/1035

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