Katie Pruszynski

Department of Politics and International Relations

PhD research student

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Katie Pruszynski
Department of Politics and International Relations
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Katie is studying for a part-time PhD, whilst continuing in her role as the Faculty Engagement Manager for the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Her professional background includes five years as a political communications and campaigns consultant, and five years as the senior parliamentary assistant to an MP.


MA Political Communications (Goldsmiths College),

BA Hons Politics (University of Nottingham)

Research interests

PhD Title: Truth Matters? A study of lying and the truth in political communication, and its impact on public trust in politics 

PhD Supervision Team: Dr James Weinberg (Primary), Professor Charles Pattie (Secondary)

Katie's research project looks at the impact of lies and misinformation on the health of Western democracy, in particular in the USA. She is exploring both our theoretical understanding of the truth in a political context, and more practical questions of whether legal or professional consequences for those politicians and media representatives who lie to the public would help to restore public trust in our democratic process and institutions.