ProfileDiana joined XJTLU in 2018. Previously she held a Quintin Hogg Trust Research fellowship at the University of Westminster and taught in several British universities including Oxford Brookes, Roehampton and Middlesex University. Diana has published in international peer-reviewed journals including Journalism Studies, Early Popular Visual Culture and Public Understanding of Science. As a freelance feature writer her articles have appeared in several publications including: BBC History Magazine, The New Statesman, The Times Higher Education, The Big Issue, The Huffington Post and L’ Espresso.
Originally from Italy, Diana graduated with honours at the Università Degli Studi di Milano in Romance Philology. After her first degree she worked for the multimedia news agency AGR (Rizzoli-Corriere) in Milan and then as a reporter for Cronaca Qui Newspaper Milano. She went on to study International Journalism at Cardiff University where she graduated with a Master's dissertation exploring the relationship between local newspapers, animal life and urban areas in the UK. Subsequently, she obtained a PhD in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Westminster with a thesis on the news coverage of skin diseases in nineteenth-century Britain. In 2017 she was principal investigator with Dr Jacob Johanssen for an impact-oriented research project exploring the media coverage of facial diversity in the UK media. Her research interests include: body image and the media, cultural history, journalism, visual culture, medical humanities and science communication.