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I am an Associate Professor and Serra Húnter Fellow in Media Studies and Popular Culture in the Department of Communication at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I have been working as a reseracher and lecturer since 2006. Currently, I am the coordinator of the Medium Research Group and Director of the B.A. programme in Audiovisual Communication (Film and Media).
 
I hold a PhD on Social Communication (UPF, 2010) and a BA on Audiovisual Communication (UPF, 2002). My research interests are television, media, popular culture and celebrity studies. Specifically, I am interested in the study of gender and class stereotypes in reality TV and celebrity gossip media, as well as the connections between popular culture and neoliberal values. I am also interested in video games and political communication (particularly politainment and celebritization of politics).
 
I have published several articles in academic journals such as Convergence, European Journal of Cultural StudiesCelebrity Studies, Games and Culture, Social Semiotics and Comunicar and I am the author of Telerrealidad, disciplina e identidad: Los makeover shows en España [Reality TV, Discipline and Identity: Makeover Shows in Spain) (Ed. UOC, 2013). I was Coprincipal Investigator, along with Óliver Pérez-Latorre, of the research project "Heroes of the crisis: Narrative and social discourse in contemporary popular culture" (CSO2014-56830-P, 2014-2019), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).

 

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