King's College London, UK
Professor Alexandra Georgakopoulou is a discourse analyst with a focus on the role of communication in how ordinary people present themselves and relate to others in significant socialization contexts (e.g. family, friendship groups, school, leisure sites, social media platforms).
She has specifically examined the role of everyday life stories in the (re)formation of social relations and in (post)feminist and youth identity politics. This work has led to the development of small stories research, a paradigm for studying identities through narrative. She has published 12 books which include:
Small stories, interaction and identity, 2007, John Benjamins.
Analyzing narrative with Anna De Fina, 2012, CUP.
The Handbook of Narrative Analysis, co-edited with Anna De Fina, 2015, Wiley-Blackwell.
The Routledge Handbook of Language & Digital Communication, co-edited with Tereza Spilioti, 2016.
Quantified Storytelling. A Narrative Analysis of Metrics on Social Media, with Stefan Iversen and Carsten Stage, Palgrave, 2020
The Cambridge Handbook of Discourse Studies, co-edited with Anna De Fina, 2020.
Alexandra's latest study of small stories on social media has been carried out within the ERC project ‘Life-writing of the moment: The sharing and updating self on social media’.
Alexandra is (Co)-Editor of the Routledge Book Series Research in Narrative, interaction and discourse.