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Diana Garrisi

Dr Diana Garrisi

Journalism Lecturer (Teaching and Research)

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 29225 14594
Two Central Square, Room 2.36, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS


Diana Garrisi is a lecturer in journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture. Her research interests include nineteenth-century press history; journalism education in transnational contexts; feature writing theory and practice; body image and the media; and Nonviolent Communication.

Prior to her appointment at Cardiff University, she worked in China for over four years as an Assistant Professor in Journalism in the Sino-British joint venture Xi'an Jiaotong – Liverpool University.

She has published in different peer-reviewed journals including: Journalism Studies; Media Practice and Education; Public Understanding of Science; the Journal of Science Communication, and Early Popular Visual Culture. Alongside Jacob Johanssen, she edited Disability and the Media: Other Bodies (Routledge, 2020), which won the Choice 'Outstanding Academic Title' Award. With Xianwen Kuang, she is co-editor of Journalism Pedagogy in Transitional Countries (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Keen on interdisciplinary research at the intersection between medical humanities and journalism, her study on the news depiction of skin in Victorian newspapers won her the Samuel J. Zakon price in the History of Dermatology. Diana is currently working on her first monograph entitled Reporting Skin and the Wounded Body in Victorian Britain (Palgrave Macmillan).

Diana holds a BA+MA in Romance Philology (Università degli Studi di Milano), and an MA in International Journalism (Cardiff University). Diana received her PhD in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Westminster, where she subsequently worked for two years as a Visiting Lecturer and as a co-principal investigator of the Quintin Hogg Trust-funded impact-oriented project on the media representation of facial disfigurement in the UK. Diana is a Fellow of the Higher Academy of Education.

In addition to her academic background, she has professional experience in print and radio journalism. As a freelance feature writer her articles have appeared in several news outlets including: BBC History Magazine, The New Statesman, The Times Higher Education, The Big Issue, and L' Espresso.

Diana welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students in her areas of expertise.










Book sections

  • Garrisi, D. and Huang, J. 2024. Teaching investigative journalism in a transnational university in China. In: Mutsvairo, B., Bebawi, S. and Borges-Rey, E. eds. The Routledge Companion to Journalism in the Global South. Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions Routledge
  • Garrisi, D., Kuang, X. and Reis, C. 2022. Introduction. In: Garrisi, D. and Kuang, X. eds. Journalism Pedagogy in Transitional Countries. Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South. Cham: Palgrave, pp. 1-17., (10.1007/978-3-031-13749-5_1)
  • Garrisi, D. and Kuang, X. 2022. Conclusion. In: Garrisi, D. and Kuang, X. eds. Journalism Pedagogy in Transitional Countries.. Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South Cham: Palgrave, pp. 221-226., (10.1007/978-3-031-13749-5_10)
  • Garrisi, D. and Johanssen, J. 2020. Introduction. In: Johanssen, J. and Garrisi, D. eds. Disability, Media, and Representations Other Bodies. New York: Routledge, pp. 1-18., (10.4324/9780429469244)