Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

PhD Researcher

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Participatory politics, Civic engagement

About me

Project Title 

Instagram Stories and civic engagement during the 2024 U.S. presidential campaign. 

Research Topic

Stephanie’s seeks to better understand the significance and meaning behind “tiny acts of political participation” (Margetts et al., 2016) amongst ethnic minority youth in the U.S. during the 2024 presidential elections; specifically focusing on “new media”, which in this context refers to social media platforms which focus on the experiential dynamics, such as Instagram and TikTok.


Stephanie holds a BA in Political Science and a BSc in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis; and a MSc in Analytics and Management from London Business School. Supervised by Natalie Fenton and Mirca Madianou she completed a MRes in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her MRes dissertation, “Social Media & Second-generation Filipino American Political Engagement”, was awarded a distinction.  More recently, she advised the Institute for Security and Technology on their Digital Cognition and Democracy Initiative, a project led by Yael Eisenstat. She published a series of reports on the relationship between digital technologies and cognition. She began her career in management consulting with Deloitte Consulting doing work aligned to the technology practice.


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Expertise Details

Participatory politics; Civic engagement; New media; Affective publics; Identity; Political participation