Sara joined Brunel in May 2017. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications in the Department of Social and Political Sciences. Sara’s research explores the cultural politics of gender, class, reproduction and activism. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, she researches the representation, production and consumption of popular culture to examine these themes. Sara has published on topics like televisual birth, ‘period poverty’, ‘poverty porn’ or #MeToo, and has contributed to public and political debates in these areas. Sara is currently researching ‘period poverty’, reproductive politics under COVID-19 and cultural production and feminist activism.
Sara teaches various modules in Media and Communications and Sociology at Brunel. She has taught on media studies, cultural studies and sociology courses at various universities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, such as City University London, King’s College London and the London School of Economics. Before entering academia, Sara worked for charities in the women’s sector.
- PhD in Cultural Studies from King's College London (2016)
- MA in Gender and Culture with Distinction from Goldsmiths College (2010)
- First Class BA (Hons) in Film Studies and Cultural Sociology from University of Nottingham (2009)
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Newest selected publications
Roberts, J. and De Benedictis, S. (2021) 'Childbirth on television: a scoping review and recommendations for further research'. Feminist Media Studies, 21 (2). pp. 248 - 264. ISSN: 1468-0777
Jensen, T., Allen, K., Garthwaite, K., Patrick, R. and De Benedictis, S. (2019) 'Welfare imaginaries at the interregnum'. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 72 (72). pp. 79 - 89. ISSN: 1362-6620 Open Access Link
De Benedictis, S., Orgad, S. and Rottenberg, C. (2019) '#MeToo, popular feminism and the news: A content analysis of UK newspaper coverage'. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 22 (5-6). pp. 718 - 738. ISSN: 1367-5494 Open Access Link
De Benedictis, S., Johnson, C., Roberts, J. and Spiby, H. (2018) 'Quantitative insights into televised birth: A content analysis of One Born Every Minute'. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 36 (1). pp. 1 - 17. ISSN: 1529-5036 Open Access Link