School of Languages and Applied Linguistics


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Dr Alessia Tranchese

  • Qualifications: BA in Translation and Interpreting (University of Bologna) MA in Conference Interpreting (University of Bologna) PhD in English for Specific Purposes (University of Naples Federico II)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Communication and Applied Linguistics
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6044
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  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My research interests focus on studying the representation of violence against women in the media using Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics. I have worked with a number of organisations and think tanks in the UK; some of the research projects I worked on included the study of the representation of poverty in the British media and cyberbullying on Twitter. I also volunteer with a women rights organisation and rape crisis centre. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2015 to teach on a number of units ranging from Language, Gender and Sexuality to Analysing Media Discourse.

I am a qualified translator and conference interpreter between Italian, English and German and I have a PhD in English for Specific Purposes from the University of Naples Federico II (Italy).

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Gender, Language and Sexuality (UG - unit coordinator)
  • Analysing Media Discourse (UG - unit coordinator)
  • Digital Communication (UG - unit coordinator)
  • Theory and Practice of Communication (PG)
  • Intercultural Communication (PG)
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication (UG)


My research focuses on the representation of violence against women in the media. For my PhD, I studied the representation of rape in the British press; more recently, I have become interested in forms of violence against women perpetrated online and, in particular, in the language of cybersexism.

Research Cluster

  • LAB - Languages Across Borders