Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

Whitney Cull

Research Student,


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

  • Teenage pregnancy and abortion
  • Medical communication
  • Patient empowerment and patient centred care
  • Biopower/biopolitics
  • Intersectional feminism
  • (Feminist) Critical discourse analysis

Research Summary

Teenage Pregnancy and Abortion: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis

My research focuses on the analysis of teenage pregnancy discourse (in this instance referring to policy documents, popular media, healthcare leaflets and other widely disseminated literature) and its relationship to and influence on the decisions and ultimate experiences of women who undergo (and have undergone) abortions as teenagers. The aim of my research is to improve discourse and communication within healthcare services providing care to pregnant teenagers so that they are able to make well-informed decisions.

Research Interests

  • Foucault; biopower/biopolitics
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Intersectional feminism
  • Medical communication
  • Teenage pregnancy and abortion
  • Healthcare inequalities
  • Policy making

Research Supervisors

Primary Funding Source

School of English Scholarship Award

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • Cull, W. and Francois, N. (2015) "A Sociolinguistic Perspective of Hip Hop" Unpublished Conference Paper: Tsinghua University, December 2015, Beijing, China.
  • Cull, W. and Francois, N. (2014) "A Brief History of Hip Hop Culture in the UK" Unpublished Conference Paper: Tsinghua University, December 2014, Beijing, China.

Additional Information

  • 07/2017 - 08/2017: English for Academic Purposes Tutor, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 01/2017 - 06/2017: Public Health Lecturer, University of West London
  • 01/2016 - 12/2016: Editor, Tsinghua University press.
  • 09/2014 - 08/2016: Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
  • 09/2011 - 12/2013: MA Language and Cultural Diversity, King's College London. Passed with distinction.

Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The University of Nottingham

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