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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); digital and mediated communication.

Chrystie's specialist research is in three areas, with each strand combining her general interests. Her first research strand addresses the social performance of sex talk in a technologically-mediated community and the monograph, Online Sex Talk and the Social World, under contract with Palgrave (for their series "Palgrave Studies on Language, Gender, and Sexuality"), will be culmination of her work in this area. In order to support her writing of this book, the University of Brighton has 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 too will result in a monograph for Palgrave: Discourse, Demand, Desire: An Intersectional Analysis of Mass Shooter Texts. 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 PhD students investigating language use and discourse in situated contexts. She is very happy to be contacted by prospective students, especially those who can see themselves contributing to the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender and/or the Performance and Communities Research and Enterprise Group. 

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

  • gender, sexualities, desire
  • power, justice, politics of language/political language
  • norms, belonging, intersectionality, violence
  • discourse analysis and narrative
  • ambiguity and error
  • digital corpora, multimodal approaches, large text datasets

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 2011 2022

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

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

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Mediated Desire: Online Sex Talk and the Social World

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
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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
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