After developing an interest in political TV satire, and its alternative take on political news reporting, Allaina left her job in the insurance sector and enrolled onto an Access to Higher Education course with the aim of studying journalism. Since then, Allaina has become a multi-disciplinary lecturer and researcher in journalism and humour studies, teaching to a range of student demographics from widening access to PhD. Prior to starting her role at Swansea University, Allaina was an Assistant Professor at the School of International Communication at Nottingham University’s China campus and has previously worked as a lecturer and researcher at Birmingham City University and Cardiff University.
Her research spans a range of subjects including journalism, political communication, activism, global political satire and humour theory. She has published work on the presentation of devolved political news and election reporting in the UK, and how news audiences engage with politics as active citizens. Her most recent work examines humour and affect in political protesting and she has also written about the use of advocacy journalism strategies used by satirical reporters in the wake of Trump’s presidency.