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Personal profile


Dr. Karyn Stapleton is a Senior Lecturer in Interpersonal Communication. She completed a BSc (Hons) in Communication (first class) in 1997 and a PhD in Communication and Psychology in 2002. Since 2015, she has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Karyn’s research interests are in interpersonal communication, social psychology, discourse analysis, and identity construction and management.  She has published widely in key international journals, including Discourse & Society, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Pragmatics, Identities, Organization, Language in Society. She was also a contributor to the Handbook of Pragmatics (de Gruyter, 2010). She has co-edited Devolution and Identity (Ashgate/Routledge 2006/2017, with John Wilson) and Advances in Swearing Research (Benjamins 2017, with Kristy Beers Fägersten).

Karyn holds professional membership of ECREA, ICA, BPsS, IPrA, and IALSP, and was a member of a Royal Irish Academy multidisciplinary committee (2014-2017). She is also a member of the ESRC Research Grants Board. She was a member of the Organising Committee for the 15th International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) Conference (Belfast, 2017); and of the Organising/Program Committees for (ECREA) ICSI conferences (2011 and 2013). She is currently joint Vice-Chair of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) section of ECREA.

Karyn has co-supervised four PhDs to completion and is currently co-supervising four PhDs in applied areas of communication. She has been an External Examiner (UG programmes and/or PhD/MRes) at ITT, Dublin, Manchester Metropolitan University, Maquarie University, Australia, and Birkbeck College, University of London.

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External positions

PhD External Examiner, Birkbeck University of London


Vice-Chair (joint) of the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) section, European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)


Member of the Research Grants Board, Economic and Social Research Council

2017 → …

Member of the Organising Committee for the 15th International Pragmatics Association Conference , International Pragmatics Association


Member of the Multidisciplinary Committee for Language, Literature, Culture and Communication , Royal Irish Academy


External Examiner, Manchester Metropolitan University


Member of the Organising Committee for the Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction (ICSI) Conference , European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)


External Examiner, Institute of Technology,Tallaght


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Research Output

Ana as God: Religion, interdiscursivity, and identity on pro-ana websites

Stapleton, K., Evans, S. L. & Rhys, C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Discourse and Communication. 13, 3, p. 320-341 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    39 Downloads (Pure)

    Swearing and Perceptions of the Speaker: Online responses to celebrity swearing

    Stapleton, K., 23 May 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Questioning

    Stapleton, K., 2018, The Handbook of Communication Skills. Hargie, O. (ed.). 4th ed. London/New York: Routledge, p. 135-161 27 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Advances in Swearing Research: New languages and new contexts

    Beers Fägersten, K. (ed.) & Stapleton, K. (ed.), Oct 2017, Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 266 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology