Personal profile


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


  • 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

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

fan Social Sciences
Sports Social Sciences
Fans Engineering & Materials Science
politics Social Sciences
erosion Social Sciences
Erosion Engineering & Materials Science
longitudinal study Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences

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Research Output 2007 2018

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

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

Sandvoss, C. Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) Dislike, Hate, and Anti-Fandom in the Digital Age. Click, M. (ed.). NYU Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Fandom: Identities and communities in a mediated world (second edition)

Sandvoss, C. (ed.), Gray, J. (ed.) & Harrington, C. L. (ed.) 1 Aug 2017 NYU Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

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

Popular culture, fans, and globalization

Sandvoss, C. 22 Dec 2015 The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies. Turner, B. S. & Holton, R. J. (eds.). 2nd ed. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 371-388 18 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Oral presentation