Dr Anthony Kelly

Dr Anthony Kelly

PhD Alumni

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Online Political Talk, Partisan Media, US Politics, Right-wing Movements

About me

Research topic

Voices of outrage: online partisan media, user-generated news commentary, and the contested boundaries of American conservatism during the 2016 US presidential election (2021). Read here.

Dr Anthony Kelly is an Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Fellow in the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University (MU) and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Dr Kelly’s IRC-funded research examines the antagonistic digital labour practices of political influencer social media audiences. More specifically, his project explores how such audiences articulate their status as platform media stakeholders, including how they situate themselves with respect to reactionary political influencers and the politics of antagonism they frequently advocate. Dr Kelly holds a PhD in Media and Communications from LSE, awarded in 2021. His PhD thesis explored the role of online partisan media in contemporary American politics, with an empirical focus on “below-the-line” commentary on a conservative news and opinion website during the 2016 US presidential election. Dr Kelly's doctoral research was supported by a National University of Ireland Travelling Studentship in media and Communications. Prior to commencing his PhD, Dr Kelly was an Assistant Lecturer in Anthropology at MU, having designed and delivered seminar-based modules on digital anthropology, political media, and globalisation. More recently, Dr Kelly served as Digital Anthropologist at L’Atelier BNP Paribas, where he directed research on the social and cultural implications of emerging technologies.

Supervisors: Dr Nick Anstead and Professor Nick Couldry

Expertise Details

Online Political Talk; Partisan Media; US Politics; Right-wing Movements; Democracy


Journal articles

Kelly, A. (2020). Recontextualising partisan outrage online: Analysing the public negotiation of Trump support among American conservatives in 2016. AI & Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-01109-5.

Rantanen, T., & Kelly, A. (2020). Abnegation, accommodation and affirmation: Three discursive modes for the institutional construction of independence among national news agency executives in Europe. Journalism, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884919880060.

Kelly, A. (2013). Doing it Digitally: Methodological Tensions in Online EthnographyIrish Journal of Anthropology, 16(1), 47-53.

Book chapters

Rantanen, T., & Kelly, A. (2021). The digital transformation of international and national news agencies: Challenges facing AFP, AP, and TASS. In D. V. Dimitrova (ed.), Global Journalism: Understanding World Media Systems. Rowman & Littlefield.


LSE (2017) Remaking the right?


Rantanen, T., Jääskeläinen, A., Bhat, R., Stupart, R. & Kelly, A. (2019). The future of national news agencies in Europe: Executive summary. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. https://doi.org/10.21953/lse.aeginold23jj.

Livingstone, S., Stoilova, M., & Kelly, A. (2016). Cyberbullying: incidence, trends and consequences. In United Nations, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ending the torment: Tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace (pp. 115-122). New York, NY: United Nations.

Papers, Conferences, and Symposia

“Hybrid news media, networked publics, and the recontextualization of right-wing outrage online” at Rethinking Repetition in a Digital Age, University of Cambridge, 2019.

“The shape of things to come: hegemonic imaginaries, collective identities, and the strategic role(s) of apocalyptic imagery in the online political talk of the American radical right” at BRESTOLON network symposium 2019: Critical and Social Theory for a Future World, University of Bremen, 2019.

“Recontextualizing right-wing outrage in an era of post-television news participation” at BRESTOLON network symposium 2016: The meaning of mediatized social order and action, Stockholm, 2016.

“Talking Politics and Texting Selves: Linguistic Anthropological Reflections on the Regulation of Discourse and Identity in Digitally-Mediated Domains” at Erasmus Intensive Programme – Imagination: Translations – cultural, ethnographic, intermedia, Maynooth University, 2013.

“The Production of the Populist: On the Indeterminacy of Participant Roles in Political Mass Mediation” at Maynooth University Department of Anthropology Seminar, Maynooth University, 2012.

“‘This is getting a bit Gaydar, isn’t it?’: Tracing Trajectories of Ideology, Enregisterment, and Risk in an Online Social Network” at 111th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting: Borders and Crossings, San Francisco, 2012.

“Producing Populist Politics: A Linguistic Anthropological Analysis of Glenn Beck” at 12th European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference: Uncertainty and Disquiet, University of Paris, Nanterre, 2012.

“Paranoid, Pedagogue, Demiurge, Demagogue: Blackboard Didactics, Visual Rhetorics, and the Performance of Evidence in the Works of Glenn Beck” at The Art of Anthropology, University of Ulster, Belfast, 2011.

“Speech Styles and the Queering of Cyberspace: Contesting Modes of Textual Enselfment in an Online Social Network” at Erasmus Intensive Programme: Relationality and the Principle of Diversity, University of Vienna, 2010.

“Mediascapes, Virtuality, and Neologic Creativity in US Political Discourse” at Irish Media Research Network Postgraduate Conference, Dublin City University, 2009.

“Design, Convergence, and the Limits of Social Network Sites” at Ethnography, Creativity, Design, Intel and Maynooth University, 2009.

“Trust Me, I’m a Social Network Profile” at Anthropological Crossings: Memory, Identity and Belonging in an Interconnected World, Queen’s University Belfast, 2009.