Personal profile


Anita Biressi is Professor of Media and Society in the Department of Media, Culture and Language at the University of Roehampton. She is Convenor of the MA Media, Communication and Culture.


PhD Cultural Studies, University of East London.

MA (Distinction) Cultural Studies, Thames Valley University, London.

PGCE (FE), Thames College, London.

PG Dip. Lib, The Polytechnic of North London.

BA (Hons) English 1st Class, The Polytechnic of North London.

Research interests

Her research interests include: documentary and popular factual programming, popular journalism, crime and law and order, class difference in contemporary British culture and gender and political voice.

She is the author ,with Heather Nunn, of Class and Contemporary British Culture (2013 Palgrave Macmillan). ' If you care about the fate of society in neoliberal democracies such as Britain, you really must read this book' (Prof Nick Couldry). 'Biressi and Nunn's brilliant analysis of the binding centrality of class in Britain is historically rich, intellectually astute, finely detailed and deeply knowledgeable.' (Prof Sally Munt, Sussex University). 

Research projects

Research Student Supervision

Irem Inceoglu: 'Coalition through the Internet: the networking of new anti-systemic movements as a contemporary case of radical democracy'. PhD Awarded 2010.

Amanda Wayling Yates: 'Television presenters and the career aspirations of teenage girls' . Scheduled for completion June 2012.

Brian Chama: 'Press Freedom in Zambia: A study of The Post newspaper and professional practice in political context.' Scheduled for completion June 2013.

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Former Member of the AHRC Peer Review College

Elected Chair of the national Executive for Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA UK) since February 2018

Member of the International Communication Association

Former Member of the steering group for the Women's Media Studies Network (MeCCSA).

Consultancy work

Editorial Board and Advisory Board memberships - current:

Celebrity Studies 

Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies and Politics

Feminist Media Studies 

New Formations

Journal of Gender Studies (Associate Editor)

Journal of Popular Television 

JOMEC (Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)

REFRAME (Research in Media, Film and Music Sussex) online platform.

Social Semiotics


Atlantis: A Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies

Communication, Culture and Critique (ICA/Wiley Blackwell)


Documentary and factual programming including reality TV

Popular journalism

Media spectacle

Class difference in contemporary British culture

Media, society and social change


External positions

Chair: MeCCSA

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