Marisa Torres da Silva was born in Lisbon in 1979. She is an Assistant Professor (Tenured) at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH), where she teaches since 2006. She is Principal Investigator of the project “Online hate speech: online comments in electoral context”, funded by the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC), co-coordinator of the Publics and Audiences section of the Portuguese Association for Communication (SOPCOM) and co-director of Media & Jornalismo journal (indexed in Scopus and Scielo). She is currently member of the international projects “Fair or Flawed: Experiments on Perceptions of Hate Speech Moderation” (funded by Facebook – Content Policy Research on Social Media Platforms research awards) and “Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM)”, coordinated by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) and co-funded by the European Union. She is also member of the “COST Action CA17132 – European network for argumentation and public policy analysis” and of the national projects “PINBook PT: Political Interest Networks in Facebook Portugal”, funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) and “The risks of normalising extreme right in Europe and the emerging signs in Portugal”, funded by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Investigative Reporting Grant). She is Local Researcher / Focus Group Leader of the project “New Neighbours”, coordinated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and co-funded by the European Commission. Marisa Torres da Silva concluded her PhD in Communication Sciences (2010) at the NOVA University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH) with a thesis on letters to the editor in the Portuguese press. She did a post-doc (2012-2015) at the same university on internet, deliberative democracy and participatory journalism. She was distinguished with the Santander Prize for Internationalisation of Scientific Production at NOVA FCSH (2nd place ex-aequo, 2018). Her research interests include the relationship between journalism, democracy and audiences, online hate speech, news and civic literacy, news consumption and audience research, gender and journalism, and cultural journalism. She has widely researched and published in these fields of study, including four books, two special issues, 21 articles in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Journalism Practice, Journalism Studies, International Journal of Communication, Communication & Society, Participations), 12 book chapters, and other publications, as well as over 60 papers presented in national and International conferences. She worked as a freelance journalist (2001-2009) in many Portuguese press publications and is a certified trainer by the Ministry of Education, the Union of Portuguese Journalists and the National Scientific-Pedagogical Council of Continuous Education, which supervises the training of teachers in Portugal.
Departamento de Ciências da Comunicação (DCC)
Unidade de investigação: Instituto de Comunicação da NOVA (ICNOVA)
Áreas de investigação: Journalism and Media Studies, Public Sphere, Deliberative Democracy, Digital Media, Online deliberation, Cultural journalism, Gender and communication, Audience and Reception Studies, Online Hate Speech