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Cornel joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor in Media and Journalism in 2015. He previously held appointments in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and the University of Surrey and in Media Studies at De Montfort University.

Cornel completed his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science in spring 2001, supported by the DAAD and an FCO Chevening Scholarships. He also holds a MA from the University of Sussex.

He is past Chair and Vice Chair of the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association, ICA Board member, former Co-Editor of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, and currently serves on five editorial boards. He has authored three monographs and edited two anthologies, and his work has been translated into a number of European languages and Mandarin.

Cornel has lead three AHRC funded research projects on fandom, participatory culture and cultural value as Principal investigator.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Fans and fan cultures
  • Media use and identity and/or the life course
  • Cultural globalisation
  • The intersection of political and popular communication, including the interplay of entertainment and politics
  • Media, Reception Aesthetics, and value
  • Media, Sport and Culture
  • Comparative studies of popular culture including music and sports

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Fans
  • Fan Culture
  • Media Use
  • Identity
  • Life Course
  • Cultural Globalisation
  • Political Communication
  • Popular Communication
  • Entertainment
  • Politics
  • Media
  • Reception Aesthetics
  • Value
  • Sport
  • Culture
  • Popular Culture
  • Music

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Research Output 2003 2019

The Politics of Against: Political Participation, Anti-fandom, and Populism

Sandvoss, C., Jan 2019, Anti-Fandom: Dislike, Hate, and Anti-Fandom in the Digital Age. Click, M. A. (ed.). NYU Press, p. 125-146 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Gender, Play, and Identity: A Longitudinal Study of Structure and Agency in Female Football Fandom

Sandvoss, C. & Ball, E., 28 Feb 2018, Female Football Players and Fans: Intruding into a Man's World. Pfister, G. & Pope, S. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 279-307 (Football Research in an Enlarged Europe; vol. 8).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

longitudinal study
identity formation

Fandom, Second Edition: Identities and communities in a mediated world

Gray, J. (ed.), Sandvoss, C. (ed.) & Harrington, C. L. (ed.), 1 Aug 2017, 2 ed. New York: NYU Press. 448 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Introduction: Why Still Study Fans?

Sandvoss, C., Gray, J. & Harrington, C. L., 1 Aug 2017, Fandom: Identities and Communities in a Mediated World. Gray, J., Sandvoss, C. & Harrington, C. L. (eds.). 2 ed. New York: NYU Press, p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Challenging Boundaries: Fans and Cultural Industries

Sandvoss, C., 5 Jun 2015, The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Oakley, K. & O'Connor, J. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 357-370 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2006 2015

  • 3 Editorial work
  • 2 PhD Examination
  • 2 Oral presentation

The Age of Fans: Value, Judgment, and Generations in Convergence Culture

Cornel Sandvoss (Speaker)
22 May 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

External Examiner

Cornel Sandvoss (Examiner)
1 Oct 201330 Sep 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

Popular Communication (Journal)

Cornel Sandvoss (Editor), Jonathan Gray (Editor), C. Lee Harrington (Editor)
5 Aug 2010

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

External Examiner

Cornel Sandvoss (Examiner)
1 Oct 200930 Sep 2012

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

Press / Media

How Remain can win a second referendum

Cornel Sandvoss


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment