Dr Petre Breazu

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance


Petre is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow undertaking research within the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance.

Dr Petre Breazu's research lies in the area of discourse and racism, with special focus on the representation of the Roma in European media and political discourse. He works under the framework of Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis (MCDA) to examine practices of discrimination and social exclusion with regards to Roma and other marginalised communities.

Petre's previous research has addressed the textual and visual constructions of the Roma in Romanian press, television news and social media and his work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals.
Petre has taught (Multimodal) Critical Discourse Analysis, Semiotics, Visual Communication, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics and Qualitative Research Methods.

Academic background

Petre completed his PhD in Media and Communication at Örebro University, Sweden in 2020. He also holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of San Francisco, USA and a BA in English & Theology from the University of Bucharest, Romania. At Örebro University, Petre has been actively involved in teaching and research during and after the completion of his doctoral dissertation.

Current research and collaborations

Petre has been recently awarded with a two-year Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Grant (MSCA) Fellowship at Loughborough University, London and will undertake research under the supervision of Dr Aidan McGarry beginning in June 2021. Petre’s project is entitled ‘Romaphobia in the Age of Populism: A Comparative Analysis of UK and Swedish Media’.

Research interests

• discourse and racism, especially Romaphobia
• discursive constructions of social and political identities
• media representations (textual and visual)
• multimodal critical discourse studies
• recontextualisation of discourse practices

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