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Dr Robert Topinka

  • Overview



    My areas of expertise are in reactionary politics, race and racism, digital culture and the city. I am currently researching how reactionary digital politics shape public culture.

    I have discussed my work on BBC Radio 4, in the New York Times and on popular podcasts.

    I am Principal Investigator on the British Academy-funded project 'Misinformation in Everyday Life: Portable Principles for Social Media Research.'

    I was Co-Investigator on the AHRC-Funded project, 'Political Ideology, Rhetoric and Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century: The Case of the "Alt-Right"'. We explored the findings of the grant on the Reactionary Digital Politics podcast.

    I also published a report on 'post-pandemic' reactionary digital politics, which you can read here.

    My monograph, Racing the Street: Race, Rhetoric and Technology in Metropolitan London, 1840-1900 was published in 2020 by University of California Press.

    I’ve published my academic research in Theory & Event, Big Data & Society, New Media & Society, PoliticsRhetoric Society Quarterly, Citizenship StudiesFoucault Studies, and elsewhere.



    • PhD, Northwestern University, 2015


  • Research


    Research clusters and groups

    Research projects

    Political Ideology, Rhetoric and Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century: The Case of the 'Alt-Right'

    Misinformation in Everyday Life: Portable Principles for Blending Qualitative and Quantitative Social Media Research.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who wish to pursue projects related digital media and culture, including on themes such as digital subcultures, reactionary politics and misinformation.

  • Publications