Jenny Alexander

Dr Jenny Alexander

  • Senior Lecturer in Politics, Media and Communication
  • Weymouth House W404, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics, Media and Communication in the School of Humanities and Law. My primary research, teaching and publishing interests are in environmental politics and environmental communication, and in gender, sexuality and politics/ gender, sexuality and communication.

My PhD (University of Sussex) was on nineteenth century anarchist autobiographies. I have published on gender, sexuality, disability and representation (including on fan-fiction, anarchism and sexuality, and the semiotics of the 2012 Paralympics) and on environmental politics and communication (including on "eco-celebrity" and eco-fascism). My most recent journal article, "Green White Nationalism: Eco-Fascism and the Alt-Right in the Era of Climate Breakdown" is forthcoming (2020). I am also currently writing a book for Routledge on Environmental Advertising: New Forms of Transnational Persuasion, about the global politics of promotional communication on the subject of the environment. Another book is at the planning stage; on the ethics of contemporary homoerotic subtext, titled Queercoding or Queerbaiting: The Homoerotic Subtext of Supernatural (A Study in Reading Subtext on Screen)...



Jenny's research interests are in environmental politics/ environmental communication and gender, sexuality, politics and communication. She has published on fan cultures, "eco-celebrity", anarchism and sexuality, and eco-fascism, and welcomes PhD enquiries on any aspect of gender/sexuality and media, and environmental politics and communication.

Journal Articles

  • Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Stewart, C. and Kerr, G., 2020. Introduction. Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives, 1-5.
  • Alexander, J., 2013. The case of the green vampire: eco‐celebrity, Twitter and youth engagement. Celebrity Studies, 4 (3), 353.



  • Bradley, P., 2016. Introduction. 1-5.
  • Alexander, J., Savigny, H., Thorsen, E. and Jackson, D., 2015. Introduction: Marginalised voices, representations and practices. 1-12.
  • Jackson, D., Alexander, J., Thorsen, E. and Savigny, H., 2015. Introduction. 1-12.
  • Alexander, J., 2014. “‘Superhumanity’ and the Embodiment of Enlightenment: The Semiotics of Disability in the Official Art and Advertising of the 2012 British Paralympics.”. In: Jackson, D., Hodges, C., Molesworth, M. and Scullion, R., eds. Reframing Disability? Media (Dis)Empowerment and Voice in the 2012 British Paralympics. Routledge.
  • Alexander, J., 2011. "Alexander Berkman: sexual dissidence in the first wave anarchist movement and its subsequent narratives". In: Cleminson, R. and Heckert, J., eds. Anarchism and Sexuality: Ethics, Relationships and Power. London: Routledge, 25-44.
  • Alexander, J., 2008. "Tortured Heroes: The Story of Ouch! Fan Fiction and Sadomasochism". In: Burr, V. and Hearne, J., eds. Sex, Violence and the Body: The Erotics of Wounding. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 119-136.


  • Hodges, C.E.M., Jackson, D. and Scullion, R., 2014. From the distant sidelines stories of engagement with the London 2012 Paralympics from disabled people. , 189-201.


PhD Students

  • Ming Zhang, 2022. Negotiating Gender and Sexuality Slash Fan Fiction in China, (Completed)
  • Amber Burton (supervising with Dr. Sue Eccles). “An examination of the performance of digital professional identity, amongst women aged 35+ working in the advertising industry”
  • David Alder (supervising with Prof. Iain MacRury). Advertising, History and Class Persuasion
  • Georgina Newton (supervising with Dr. Heather Sauvigny). Role Models, Representation , Young Women and Work

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Presently second supervisor on four PhDs

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Environmental Communication (2011-19 ongoing) (Level 6), Persuasion and Influence (2015-2020 ongoing) (Level 6), Principles and Practice of Research (2010-2020 ongoing) (Level 5), Public Opinion and Persuasion (2019-20) (Level 4)


  • ECO-CODING: Creating a centre for DNA Meta-barcoding Ecology at BU (HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund), 31 Jul 2016). Awarded

External Responsibilities

  • University of East London, Exterma; Examiner on the Advertising Degree (2013-2017)

Conference Presentations

  • Political Studies Association Conference, "Queer Baiting or Queer Romance - On the Road with Supernatural and its Subtext", 14 Nov 2013, Bournemouth University
  • International Environmental Communication Association, "Greenwash Gold? Assessing the Environment Themed Advertising of the 2012 Olympics' Sponsors", 06 Jun 2013, Uppsala, Sweden
  • ECREA Istanbul, Ken Dumps Barbie: The Politics of Greenpeace vs Mattel", 24 Oct 2012, Istanbul
  • Transformations in Broadcasting, “My #Immortal @Undead Lover: Passionate and Promotional Narratives in The Vampire Diaries Twittersphere", 12 Jul 2012, University of Leeds
  • Mediating Environmental Change MeCCSA Environmenta Section Conference, “Advertising Environmental Change?", 04 Mar 2011, Bournemouth University
  • ECREA Hamburg, Green Marketing:The Citizen Reader and the Limits of Acceptable Speech", 12 Oct 2010, Hamburg


  • Certificate in Post-Doctoral Supervision in PhD Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2012)
  • PGCertHE in Teaching Qualification (Higher Ed) (University of Sussex, 2006)
  • PhD in Political autobiography (University of Sussex, 2004)
  • MA (with Distinction) in Critical Theory (University of Sussex, 1995)
  • BA (Hons) in English Literature (first class) (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1993)