I am a computational social scientist with a strong background in more conventional research methods. I have a particular interest in problems of hatred, inequality, and exclusion, as well as in the ever-evolving relationships between culture, politics, and technology. I believe in addressing research questions using every available tool, from ethnography and surveys to statistical text processing and social network analysis.
I have been based at King's College London since 2018. I began my academic career as a research associate at the Open University in 2007, becoming Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the same institution the following year. In 2015, I was made Associate Professor of Digital Cultures at UWE Bristol, and in 2016, I was appointed Lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Leicester. I am an associate editor of Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism and a section editor of Open Information Science.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Creative industries (especially publishing)
- Hate-based and extremist cultures
- Political communication
- Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
- Social data science
For more details, please see my full research profile.
Throughout my career, I’ve taught a wide range of subjects, from linguistics to media studies. My main teaching interests are in quantitative research methods and computational social science (especially machine learning and statistical modelling).
For the 2018/2019 academic year, I will be teaching on the modules 7AAVBCS1 Social and Cultural Analytics, 7AAVDM15 Network Literacy, and 7AAVBCS3 Big Data in Practice.
I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017, and I am the chair of the Exam Board for the Department of Digital Humanities.
Expertise and Public Engagement
I offer years of research experience on the publishing and media industries, especially with regard to the evolving relationship that exists therein between technology, regulation, business models, and politics. This has particular relevance for the prevalence of conspiracy theories and other forms of disinformation within the so-called ‘alternative media’, as well as for their importance to populist and extremist movements across the political spectrum.
I carry out directly impact-focused research on antisemitism and extremism with Quilliam International and Campaign Against Antisemitism. My work on the UK Labour Party’s antisemitism crisis has been reported in the Jewish Chronicle, the Jewish Telegraph, and the Jewish News, and I have been interviewed on the same topic for Sky News, talkRADIO, MSNBC, and BBC Radio London. I am Deputy Editor of Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism.
- Allington, D., Brewer, D., Colclough, S., Echard, S., and Lesser, Z. (2018) The book in Britain: a historical introduction. London: Wiley Blackwell.
- Allington, D. (2018) ‘ “Hitler had a valid argument against some Jews”: repertoires for the denial of antisemitism in Facebook discussion of a survey of attitudes to Jews and Israel’. Discourse, Context, and Media 24: 129-136.
- Allington, D. (2016) ‘“Power to the reader” or “degradation of literary taste”? Professional critics and Amazon customers as reviewers of The Inheritance of Loss’. Language and Literature 25 (3): 254–278.
- Allington, D. (2016) ‘Linguistic capital and development capital in a network of cultural producers: mutually valuing peer groups in the “interactive fiction” retrogaming scene‘. Cultural Sociology 10 (2): 267–286.
- Allington, D., Dueck, B., and Jordanous, A. (2015) ‘Networks of value in electronic music: SoundCloud, London, and the importance of place‘. Cultural Trends 24 (3): 211-222.