Mark McGlashan

Lecturer in English Language

I am Lecturer in English Language in the School of English at Birmingham City University. I am an experienced lecturer and researcher with significant experience in the areas of Corpus Linguistics and (Critical) Discourse Analysis. I achieved a PhD (ESRC-funded) and 2 Masters Degrees from Lancaster University, where I have also held several positions in research roles. I have also held the position of Research Fellow at WMG Cyber Security Centre, The University of Warwick.

I am an active researcher with expertise in computational approaches to the collection and analysis of large (typically online) linguistic datasets. I am well-versed in computational approaches to online data collection (e.g. ‘web scraping’), modelling, analysis, and visualisation using the Python and R programming languages and am deeply interested in how these skills can facilitate innovative, multimethodological approaches to the analysis of large linguistic and multimodal datasets.

My PhD thesis was an analysis of a large corpus of children’s picturebooks featuring same-sex parents and implemented a novel methodological approach (multimodal corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis). This work has generated a great deal of impact, including an event in The UK Houses of Parliament and numerous academic publications. I am currently under contract with Routledge to publish a monograph based on this research entitled Sexuality in Children’s Literature: a linguistic and multimodal analysis of picturebooks featuring same-sex parents. My recent work has focused on data from online sources such as newspaper websites (collected using either or using bespoke webscraping technologies), forums (e.g. Reddit), and social media (especially Twitter) to analyse issues such as rape threats, far-right nationalism, and antisemitism. I have worked in a variety of collaborative research settings on projects aimed at gathering open source intelligence on the UK’s far-right nationalist community and their peer networks, online misogyny, and discourse within populist street protest movements online. Some of this work has had real impact, for example, my work on online misogyny has been used to inform Twitter regarding their public policy, and is one of the most downloaded articles in the Journal of Pragmatics; and my research into online antisemitism has been included in direct briefings of the UK parliament. My research and teaching experience has enabled me to successfully present research to audiences ranging from MPs and industry figureheads to students in developing countries, and I am able to evidence my ability to manage and deliver on multiple public sector and commercial research projects simultaneously.


PhD Applied Linguistics

Lancaster University

MRes Applied Linguistics

Lancaster University

MA Language Studies

Lancaster University

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCTLHE)

Birmingham City University

BA(Hons) English Language

Lancaster University

Fellowships, etc.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Research supervision (community of practice)

Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)

Previous positions include

Senior Research Associate

ESRC-Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University

Research Associate

Security Lancaster, School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University

Research Fellow

WMG Cyber Security Centre, University of Warwick

PhD Supervision

01-2021 - 04-2021

  • Patricia Palonmino Manjón | Sexual Violence on Twitter: the discursive construction of (sexual) verbal violence and victim-perpetrator identities in Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process | Erasmus+ visiting doctoral student

2020 -

  • Andrew Chatora | Sharing Digital Music Conceptualizations: Testing the Dominant Discourses of Piracy within the UK Music Industries | Birmingham City University


  • Charlie Sarson | Masc4Masc: Masculinity, Gay Men, and the Cultures of Online Cruising | Birmingham City University (passed)

Professional service


  • Technical Editor - Journal of Corpus Approaches to Discourse

Journal article peer-review

  • Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD)
  • Critical Discourse Studies (Routledge)
  • Discourse, Context & Media (Elsevier)
  • Gender and Language (Equinox)
  • International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins)
  • Journal of Aggression, Conflict & Peace Research (Emerald Insight)
  • Journal of Early Childhood Literacy (Sage)
  • Journal of Language, Aggression and Conflict
  • Text & Talk (De Gruyter)

Book review

  • Discourse, Context & Media (Elsevier)

Institutional service

Birmingham City University

  • BA Course Director
  • Associate Director of Research
  • Research Degrees Coordinator
  • Subject Lead (Language)
  • Year Tutor
  • Personal Tutor
  • Major Project Lead
  • Research Ethics Officer
  • Moodle champion
  • Online Distance Teaching Lead
  • Case officer (academic misconduct)



Vox-Pol Network of Excellence Researcher Mobility Programme (RMP) – €2,000

Project title: Mapping UK Far-Right Movements Online. The RMP enables scientific visits and research stays in VOX-Pol partner institutions. Here, it was the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London.


Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, Lancaster FASS-Enterprise Centre – £12,000

Project title: Challenging Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying through Children’s Literature

This fellowship enabled me develop a collaborative network of key individuals from politics, academia, and publishing. Following this, I was able to organise an event in the UK Houses of Parliament and to commission new children’s picturebook aimed towards challenging homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools. I am currently working on the publication of the commissioned literature.


Economic and Social Research Council Studentship – circa £80,000

1+3 studentship from the ESRC which enabled me to study for MRes and PhD degrees in Applied Linguistics and to continue my postgraduate education. I sacrificed this funding to take up a Senior Research Associate position at Lancaster University (also ESRC-funded).


Toxic Masculinity