Joanna Doona

Associate Senior Lecturer, Doctor of Philosophy, Vice head of department,

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Media and Communications
  • Media Studies
  • Communication Studies



My interests concern among other things, audiences, popular culture and democracy, but I’m fascinated by other areas as well, like issues of representation and diversity. My thesis project is a study of political comedy audiences, with the working title of “Political comedy audiences: cultural and political engagement”. The project starts out with the observation of two changes in contemporary political media; the growing popularity of political comedy as a genre, both among audiences and producers, as well as researchers (Jones 2010); and the changing news consumption habits among younger and young adult audiences (Hill 2007). According to Coleman (2013), researchers need to be aware of these changes, and that “In the face of the complex and paradoxical forces that are opening up and closing down contemporary democratic space, it is important to look at emergent spaces of political communication” (2013:378). I argue that political comedy could be such a space.

Focusing on the young adult audiences (aged 18-35) of political comedy (in this case exemplified by Swedish “Tankesmedjan”, SR P3, 2010-; and American “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, Comedy Central, 1996-), some of the issues addressed in the study are
- the understanding of political comedy as a genre
- the connection between a person’s political or citizen identity, and political comedy
- the credibility of political comedy
- knowledge and understanding in political comedy

Recent research outputs

Tommy Bruhn & Joanna Doona, 2021 Jan 25, (Accepted/In press) In: Rhetorica Scandinavica.

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Joanna Doona, 2021 Jan, In: International Journal of Cultural Studies. 24, 1, p. 15-33 19 p.

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Joanna Doona, 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: European Journal of Cultural Studies.

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