Kaitlynn Mendes, Associate Professor
PhD, Journalism Studies, Cardiff University
Kaitlynn Mendes is a sociologist whose work sits at the intersection of media, education, and politics. Her research and teaching adopt an intersectional feminist perspective to better understand and combat gender inequalities and their relationship with media technologies. Using a mixed methods approach, she explores how digital technologies pave the way for new forms of online abuse, while simultaneously being used to challenge sexism, sexual violence, rape culture, and harassment in on and offline spaces. Insights from her research have been used to inform policies, practices, and public understanding on contemporary gender inequalities.
Areas of Specialization
- Gender inequality;
- Social media;
- Sexual violence;
- Young people;
- Feminist activism;
- Online harms;
- Mixed methods research
- Mendes, Kaitlynn. 2021. "Digital feminist labour: the immaterial, aspirational and affective labour of feminist activists and fempreneurs." Women's History Review DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2021.1944353.
- Quan-Haase, Anabel, Kaitlynn Mendes, Dennis Ho, Olivia Lake, Charlotte Nau, and Darryl Pieber. 2021. "Mapping #MeToo: A synthesis review of digital feminist research across social media platforms." New Media & Society 23(6): 1700-1720.
- Loney-Howes, Rachel, Kaitlynn Mendes, Diana Fernández Romero, Bianca Fileborn and Sonia Núñez Puente. 2021. "Digital footprints of #MeToo." Feminist Media Studies DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2021.1886142.
- Mendes, Kaitlynn, Jessica Ringrose, and Jessalynn Keller. 2019. Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight Back Against Rape Culture. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Mendes, Kaitlynn, Jessica Ringrose and Jessalynn Keller. 2018. "#MeToo and the promise and pitfalls of challenging rape culture through digital feminist activism." European Journal of Women's Studies 25(2): 236-246.