Prof Rachel Gibson - Personal details
BA (Salford) PhD (Texas A&M University)
I joined the Institute for Social Change in December 2007 having held previous appointments as Professor of New Media Studies at the University of Leicester, Senior Research Fellow in the ACSPRI Centre for Social Research (ACSR) in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University and Lecturer in politics at the University of Salford. I completed my PhD thesis on the rise of anti-immigrant parties in Western Europe in the late 20th century at Texas A&M University in the US. I have also had held visiting research positions at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and at the Department of Politics, University of Durham. I have been a Principal Investigator on the Australian Election Study (AES) and the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) and on a series of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) funded projects dealing with the impact of the new media on politics. I am a member of the Editorial Board of a range of political science and new media journals including the Journal of Elections, Public Opinon and Parties, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Information Polity and the Australian Journal of Political Science and serve as a reviewer for funding bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy.