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Research interests

Dr Chrystie Myketiak's research examines language in use in order to uncover what its form, function, and structure tells us about interaction, structural inequalities, and culture. Her research interests are in language, power, and justice; gender, sexualities, desire; intersectionality; violence; social norms; sociocultural theories (specifically, feminist and queer theories); mediated communication.

Chrystie's specialist research is in three areas, with each strand combining her general interests. The first addresses talk about sex, sexuality and desire as social forces through the investigation of conversations in a technologically-mediated community; the monograph, Online Sex Talk and the Social World (Palgrave, "Studies on Language, Gender, and Sexuality"), culminates her work in this area. In order to support her writing of this book, the University of Brighton awarded her a Sabbatical Award. Chrystie's second strand of research is an intersectional discourse analysis of texts produced by mass shooters, which focuses on how the desire-centred discourse strategies used by the offenders attempt to legitimate structural inequalities and construct normative identities. This research will be published in the book Discourse, Demand, Desire: An Intersectional Analysis of Mass Shooter Texts (Palgrave). Her third body of research began as a discursive-pragmatic analysis of medical errors and the construction of accountability in medical error news reporting and clinical incident reporting; she is currently expanding her work on accountability in new directions. 

Supervisory Interests

Chrystie supervises six PhD students who investigate language use and discourse in order to answer pressing sociocultural questions. She is happy to be contacted by prospective students interested in working with text, talk or multimodal digital data, especially those who will contribute to the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender and/or the Performance and Communities Research and Enterprise Group. 

Broad areas of linguistic inquiry might include (and overlap on):

  • desire and pleasure
  • gender and sexualities
  • power, violence, and justice
  • politics of language/political language
  • identities and intersectionality
  • norms and belonging

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Dalhousie University

PhD, Queen Mary University of London

External positions

Postdoc, Queen Mary University of London


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Research Output

Discourse, Demand, Desire: An Intersectional Analysis of Mass Shooter Texts

Myketiak, C., 2022, (Accepted/In press) Palgrave.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Online Sex Talk and the Social World: Mediated Desire

Myketiak, C., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Palgrave. (Palgrave Studies in Language, Gender and Sexuality)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

  • Fragile masculinity: social inequalities in the narrative frame and discursive construction of a mass shooter’s autobiography/manifesto

    Myketiak, C., 4 Jun 2018, Crime and society. Youngs, D. (ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, (Contemporary Issues in Social Science).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

    Open Access
  • Narrative perspective, person references, and evidentiality in clinical incident reports

    Myketiak, C., Concannon, S. & Curzon, P., 15 Jul 2017, In : Journal of Pragmatics. 117, 8, p. 139-154 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access