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Natalie-Anne Hall

Thesis title - 'Understanding anti-immigrant hate speech on social media' (working title).

The problem of hate online has come to the forefront of public attention in recent years. However, sociology still has limited understanding of why hate speech is so prominent and vitriolic online, and how this relates to contemporary theories of racism.

My research focuses particularly on anti-immigrant sentiment in post-referendum Britain, and its expression on social media. It aims to position these speech acts within existing frameworks of ‘new’ or ‘cultural’ racism, as well as explore reasons for the proliferation of anti-immigrant hate speech on social media and the impact this has on the legitimacy of these sentiments offline. 


Research interests

  • Race and ethnicity
  • Racism and xenophobia
  • Migration and multiculturalism
  • Online behaviour


  • Hall, N. (2014) 'Foreign resident committees as realms for dialogue and political participation: A case study of Aichi Prefecture (Taiwa to seijisanka no ba toshite no gaikokujin juumin kaigi – Gaikokujin Kenmin Aichi Kaigi o jirei ni)', Forum of International Development Studies, 44 (in Japanese).
  • HM Inspectorate of Prisons (2016) ‘Life in Prison: Food’.

Conferences and invited presentations

  • The International Academic Forum (iafor) Asian Conference on Cultural Studies - Intersecting Belongings: Cultural conviviality and cosmopolitan futures, 24-26 May 2013, ‘Can Multicultural Advisory Bodies Help Improve Cohesion? A case study of Aichi Prefecture, Japan’.
  • Deakin University Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation Third Annual International Symposium on Multiculturalism - Reclaiming Multiculturalism: Global citizenship and ethical engagement with diversity, 15-16 November 2012, ‘The Role of Multicultural Advisory Bodies in Reclaiming Multiculturalism’.
  • Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies (JAMPS) Winter Forum 2011, 10 December 2011, ‘The Contribution of Local Foreign Resident Committees to Multicultural Cohesion: Comparing Hamamatsu City and Aichi Prefecture’.


  • Media, Culture and Society - SOCY10441

Scholarships and achievements

  • Japan MEXT Scholarship recipient 2009-12
  • JASSO Scholarship recipient 2007
  • Assisted in development of RESPECT PhD program syllabus, Osaka University

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