Deanna Holroyd is a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. She has a background in foreign languages, culture, international relations and politics, and is broadly interested in how cultural and political moments are created, reflected and reconstituted through digital news media and social media. Her previous research centered around the news media’s racial scapegoating of minority ethnic and racial groups in both the US and the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is now in her second year as a doctoral student and is researching self-diagnoses of neuro-divergency on social media, using digital ethnography to explore how new digital media has become a voice of authority on the body through particular visual cues and discourses. She is also interested in the affective and emotional potentialities of digital media, the commodification of social media, and the biological consequences of media trends.
She holds a MA (Cum Laude) in International Relations: Culture and Politics from Leiden University, The Netherlands as well as a BA (1st Class Hons) in Modern Languages and Cultures: German and Russian from Durham University, England. She has spent the past few years teaching, writing, translating and studying languages in the UK, Germany, Czechia, Russia, The Netherlands and China.