Maria Kyriakidou is a Lecturer of Cultural Politics, Communications and Media at the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia and an Associate at LSE IDEAS. She is currently lecturing at the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE, mostly on the field of media and globalisation. She is also teaching the interdisciplinary course LSE100 The LSE Course. She holds a PhD in Media and Communications and a MSc in Social and Public Communication from the LSE, and a BSc in Mass Media and Communications from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Her research interests include the relationship between media and globalisation, cosmopolitanism, the mediation of distant suffering, representation and discourse theory. Her PhD research, entitled “Watching the Pain of Others: Audience Discourses of Distant Suffering in Greece”, explored the ways Greek audiences engage with the media reporting of distant disasters. She has published relevant work addressing the mediation of cosmopolitanism as a global ethics of care.
Her current research focuses on the way media discourses on the euro crisis construct and reproduce national stereotypes and divisive lines among the European countries. She is also co-founder and editor of the blog Euro Crisis in the Press.