PhD Researcher, Faculty of Arts
My professional background is in English Language Teaching (ELT). I am currently a British Council Aptis examiner and undertake short-term contracts in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teaching in… read more
PhD (full-time) - currently registered
My doctoral research focuses on the contentious and increasingly prevalent rhetoric of conspiracy theories. Neither pathologising and ridiculing, nor lauding as the path to truth, I aim to firmly transcend such bias. My research positions the explanations as a timeless rhetoric, constantly morphing in response to the ebbs and tides of cultural change, inviting the reader/ listener to become active primarily through assessing their plausibility. Through the lens of critical discourse analysis (and cognitive stylistics), I intend to address how issues pertaining to morality and power are represented in conspiracy theories and, in turn, how this implicates the reader/ listener to accept, reject or merely entertain a particular narrative.
Prof. Peter Stockwell
Dr. Kevin Harvey
My professional background is in English Language Teaching (ELT). I am currently a British Council Aptis examiner and undertake short-term contracts in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teaching in universities alongside my PhD research.
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