Dr Laura Clancy

Email: l.clancy2@lancaster.ac.uk

Institutional Affiliation: Lancaster University, UK


Laura Clancy is a Lecturer in Media at Lancaster University, UK. She has research interests in class inequality, media representations, ‘the elites’, and power. Her book, Running the Family Firm: how the monarchy manages its image and our money, was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The book counters understandings of the monarchy as an archaic institution, an anachronism to corporate forms of wealth and power, and therefore irrelevant. Rather, it understands the monarchy as a corporation –  the Firm –  committed to accumulating wealth and securing power.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Laura’s current research looks at the role of the Royal Correspondent in reproducing monarchy in international media culture. She is also developing a new project on Republicanism in Britain.

Laura’s research has been funded by an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, and her PhD research was funded by the ESRC and the AHRC.

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Clancy, L (forthcoming 2022). ‘’If you move in the same circles as the royals, then you’ll get stories about them’: Royal Correspondents, cultural intermediaries and class’, Cultural Sociology

Clancy, L (2021). Running the Family Firm: how the monarchy manages its image and our money (Manchester: Manchester University Press)

Clancy, L and De Benedictis, S (2021). ‘I wanted to offer my sympathy… woman to woman’: Reading The Crown during a conjuncture of crisis’. Soundings, online first

Clancy, L and Yelin, H (2021). ‘Monarchy is a Feminist Issue: Andrew, Meghan and #MeToo Era Monarchy’. Women’s Studies International Forum, online first

Clancy, L and Yelin, H (2021). ‘Introduction to Special Issue – Disciplining the M/other: Contemporary Mediated Motherhood and the Case of Meghan Markle’, Women’s Studies in Communication, 44(2), pp. 167-176

Yelin, H and Clancy, L (2021). ‘Introduction to Special Issue – Race, Royalty and Meghan Markle: Elites, inequalities, and a woman in the public eyeWomen’s Studies International Forum, online first

Clancy, L (2020). ‘‘This is a tale of friendship, a story of togetherness’: The British Monarchy, Grenfell Tower, and Inequalities in The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’. Cultural Studies, online first

Clancy, L (2020). ‘The Corporate Power of the British Monarchy: Capital(ism), Wealth and Power in Contemporary Britain’. The Sociological Review, 69(2), pp.330-347

Clancy, L (2020). ‘‘Queen of Scots’: the Monarch’s Body and National Identities in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum’. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(3), pp.495-512

Clancy, L (2020). ‘Big Fat Royal Weddings: Kate the ‘Commoner’ Princess and Classed Moral Economies’. The Wedding Spectacle Across Contemporary Media and Culture, eds. Helen Wood, Melanie Kennedy, and Jilly Kay. (Routledge)

Clancy, L (2019). “Queen’s Day – TV’s Day’: The British Monarchy and the Media Industries’. Contemporary British History, 33(3), pp.427-450

Clancy, L and Yelin, H (2018). ‘‘Meghan’s Manifesto’: Meghan Markle and the Co-Option of Feminism’. Celebrity Studies, 11(3), pp.372-377





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