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Shani Orgad

Professor of Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science


Shani Orgad is Professor of Media and Communications at LSE.



Areas of expertise

  • Gender equality
  • Narrative
  • Media
  • Culture
  • Feminism
  • Migration
  • Motherhood
  • Workplace
  • Representations


Shani Orgad is Professor of Media and Communications at LSE. She is a sociologist and cultural analyst and her research focuses on gender, feminism and the media, inequality and contemporary culture, media representations of suffering and migration and globalisation. While her groundbreaking work runs across a range of spheres and contexts, it is unified by asking how cultural and media narratives shape public imagination, lived experiences, and workplace cultures and practices.

Shani is the author of numerous academic articles, op-eds, blogs, and five books including: Confidence Culture (with Rosalind Gill, 2022, Duke University Press), Heading Home: Motherhood, Work, and the Failed Promise of Equality (2019, Columbia University Press), Caring in Crisis? Humanitarianism, the Public and NGOs (with Bruna Seu, 2017, Palgrave), Media Representation and the Global Imagination (2012, Polity) and Storytelling Online: Talking Breast Cancer on the Internet (2005, Peter Lang). She has written for The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, The Hill, and The Conversation, and her research has been widely covered by international outlets including New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, El Pais, Zeit Online, Financial Times, Times, Forbes, Vox, Refinery29, and Dazed. She has also discussed her research in various podcasts, such as WAMC 51%, LSEIQ and Top ranks.

Shani is a regular speaker on gender equality in the workplace, motherhood, and media and migration. An engaging and dynamic speaker, Shani has delivered keynote addresses, workshops, and discussion panels to a wide range of organisations including Financial Times, General Medical Council (GMC), JP Morgan, Bloomberg, UK Cabinet Office, Chief (a NY-based women private membership network) and Women in Games.

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