Dr Angelos Kissas

Dr Angelos Kissas

Visiting Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

English, Greek, Spanish
Key Expertise
Populism, digital media and democracy; the mediatization of politics

About me

Angelos Kissas serves as special adviser of Communication and Social Media to the President of the Hellenic Republic. He is a graduate of the Communication and Media Studies Department of the University of Athens (Greece), and holds an MSc in Politics and Communication and a PhD in Media and Communications from the LSE. Upon successful completion of his PhD, Angelos earned a prestigious ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge.

In his doctoral research, Angelos attempted a wide-ranging, critical, retheorization of the place (meaning-making) and the role (power-serving) of political ideology in the contemporary, mediatized, context of political communication. Followingly, in his postdoctoral project, he grappled with the recent rise of populism in Europe and the West, examining the Twitter charisma of right/left-wing leaders as a performative and ideological manifestation of contemporary populism. During his visit at the LSE, Angelos will follow up and expand on his recent work, combining a further investigation of populist online communication – centrist leaders’ Twitter charisma, celebrities’ Instagram ordinariness and protests’ Youtube spectacle – with a novel theoretical and analytical approach to populism that aspires to make a broader intervention in the field of media and communication – a discursive critique of “new materialism” as media theory.

Angelos is an active member of the “Populism Specialist Group” of the Political Studies Association and, for his research, he has been awarded grants by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation, the Alexander S Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council.

During his time at LSE, Dr Kissas is working with Professor Lilie Chouliaraki

Expertise Details

political ideology; power and institutions in the age of mediatization; the role of discourse and affect in political communication; qualitative; hermeneutic methods in the study of political communication


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Kissas, A. (2020). Performative and ideological populism: the case of charismatic leaders on Twitter. Discourse & Society, 31(3): 268-284.
  • Kissas, A. (2019). Three theses on the mediatization of politics: evolutionist, intended or imagined transformation? Communication Review, 22(3): 222-242.
  • Chouliaraki, L. & Kissas, A. (2018). The communication of horrorism: A typology of ISIS online death videos. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 35(1): 24-39.
  • Kissas, A. (2018). Making sense of political ideology in mediatized political communication: A discourse analytic perspective. Language and Politics, 17(3): 386-404.
  • Kissas, A. (2017). Ideology in the age of mediatized politics: From ‘belief systems’ to the re-contextualizing principle of discourse. Journal of Political Ideologies, 22(2): 197-215.
  • Kissas, A. (2015). Political advertising in the crossroad of political pragmatism and political ideology. Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, 5, 88-102.  

Book chapters

  • Kissas, A. (2020). ‘Χαρισματικός ηγέτης και ιδεολογία στην εποχή της μεσοποιημένης πολιτικής: μια κριτική ανάλυση του διαφημιστικού λόγου της Νέας Δημοκρατίας και του ΣΥΡΙZA από τις εθνικές εκλογές του Ιανουαρίου 2015 [Charismatic leader and ideology in the age of mediatized politics: a critical analysis of the advertising discourse of New Democracy and SYRIZA from the January 2015 General Election]’. In Boukala, S. & A. Stamou (Eds.), Κριτικήανάλυσηλόγου: (απο)δομώνταςτηνελληνικήπραγματικότητα [Critical discourse analysis: (de)constructuring the Greek reality]. Athens: Nisos, pp. 259-288.
  • Chouliaraki, L. and Kissas, A. (2019). ‘The communication of horrorism: a typology of ISIS online death videos’. In Semati, M., P.M. Szpunar and R.A. Brookey (Eds.), ISIS beyond the spectacle: Communication media, networked publics, and terrorism. New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 8-23.
  • Kissas, A. (2018). ‘Ideology in the age of mediatized politics: From ‘belief systems’ to the re-contextualizing principle of discourse’. In Freeden, M. (Ed.), Re-energizing ideology studies: The maturing of a discipline. London: Routledge, pp. 90-108.