I became PhD in media and communication studies in the middle of September of 2016, when I finished my thesis Political comedy engagement: genre work, political identity and cultural citizenship. The thesis earned the prize of best Swedish PhD dissertation in media and communication studies for the period of 2015-2016.

At the moment I am working as assistant professor in media and communication studies and co-ordinator for the international master programme in that subject area. In July 2017 i received funding for a post doc project from the Wahlgrenska Foundation, where I will keep working on the study of satire, political entertainment and its young adult audiences

Before this I've worked in various research projects as a project assistant, as a teacher in media and communication studies and as a study advisor and international co-ordinator at the Department of Communication and Media.

Photocred: Michael Rübsamen


Present projects

About the research

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


Books (1)
Articles (1)
Book chapters (1)
Conference contributions (13)
Reports (1)

Research portal (Lund University)


Other tasks and qualifications


November 2018

Presentation at ECREA2018

Oktober 2018

Presentation at Satire as Perspective on the Contemporary, Karlstad University.

March 2018

Presentation at Media Freedom 2018, Lund University

August 2017

Presentation and extended abstract at NordMedia17, Tampere University

July 2016

Presentation at IAMCR 2016, Leicester University

March 2016
Presentation at Media and Transgression 2016, Lund University

October 2015
Presentation at ECREA Communication and Democracy, Copenhagen Business School

August 2015
Presentation at NordMedia15, Copenhagen University

February 2015
Presentation at Humour and Politics, Kent University

March 2015
Presentation at Media Engagement, Lund University

November 2014
Presentation at ECREA conference, Catholic University of Lissabon

February 2014
Presentation at the COST Doctoral workshop on method, Ljubljana university

August 2013
Presentation at the ECREA summer school, University of Bremen

March 2012
Presentation at Media and Participation, Lund University


Media & Passion, 2013, Lund University

Producers and Audiences, 2014, Lund University

Joanna Doona

Academic Advisor, Communication Officer, Health and Safety Representative
Department of Communication and Media

Programme Coordinator
Media and Communication Studies
Department of Communication and Media

Contact information

E-mail joanna.doonakom.luse

Phone +46 46 222 08 14

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Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 117, 221 00 Lund

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