Skip to main content


PhD student currently studying at the Centre for Language and Communication Research.  

I am a qualified lecturer in post-compulsory education and have taught a variety of subjects relating to English language, EAP and Law, in both further and higher education institutions. I combined my interests in language and law by doing a master's degree in Forensic Linguistics here in Cardiff.  During this MA, my main focus was on linguistic issues relating to online hate speech; sexual violence and rape myths; and consent in rape cases. I am now continuing my research in these areas within the context of far-right extremism.


Research interests


My main research interests include:

  • online hate speech

  • digital narratives and online discourses

  • corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis (CADS)

  • far-right extremism and radicalisation

  • rape and sexual assault

  • online identity construction


  • Religion and Rape Culture Conference

The Shiloh Project at The University of Sheffield (July 2018)

'Rape is a liberal disease': An analysis of alternative rape culture perpetuated by far-right extremists online

  • VOX-Pol Conference: Violent Extremism, Terrorism, and the Internet: Present and Future Trends

The University of Amsterdam (August 2018)

'Rape is a liberal disease': An analysis of alternative rape culture perpetuated by far-right extremists online

  • 2018 BAAL Annual Conference: Taking Risks in Applied Linguistics

York St John University (September 2018)

The risks and challenges of analysing multimodal discourse in extremist rhetoric online

  • XI International Conference on Corpus Linguistics - Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis

The University of Valencia, Spain (May 2019)

The reframing of rape in extremist online rhetoric: Using corpus linguistics to compare identity construction in narrative and non-narrative discourses

  • 14th International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL) Biennial Conference

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia (July 2019)

Reframing Rape: Investigating identities and alternative rape culture in extremist discourses online

  • International Corpus Linguistics 2019 Conference

Cardiff University (July 2019)

'Shitlibs and soyboys': Identity construction overlap in racist and misogynistic discourses online

  • Invited speaker - The Forensic Linguistics Research Group (FORGE)

Lancaster University (Feburary 2020)

The Reframing of Rape in Extremist Online Discourses

  • Corpora and Discourse International Conference 2020

University of Sussex (online) (June 2020)

Using CADS to uncover how right-wing extremists generate an alternative rape culture in online narratives

(Award: Project addressing the most socially relevant topic by a student researcher)


Undergraduate modules I've tutored on:

  • Developing English

  • Reading and Writing in the Digital Age (RWDA)


Argumentation strategies employed by online right-wing extremists in the reframing of rape and sexual assault.

Funding source




Dr Amanda Potts

Senior Lecturer


Areas of expertise