6 March 2024

We are delighted to share the news that Dr Rebecca Lewis passed her VIVA without corrections on 26 February 2024. Her thesis, titled “A Conscious Creation? Political Economy, Globalisation and Cultural Representation in Terrestrial South Korean Miniseries 2002-2017”, combines critical political economy and cultural studies to examine the extent to which South Korean mini-series reflect Korean culture and society.

Following the VIVA, Rebecca stated: “It has been a long journey, but completing my PhD at Westminster has been immensely rewarding. I’m endlessly grateful to the supportive staff and especially to my supervisor, Professor Maria Michalis, for their patience, guidance, and encouragement”.

Prof Maria Michalis, Director of Studies, stated: “Rebecca showed unwavering enthusiasm, commitment and resilience throughout her studies. She managed to overcome many challenges to produce an original piece of research. Her thesis provides brilliant insights and rich empirical findings into the links between cultural identity, representation, content production, audiovisual trade and global flows”.

External Examiner Prof Jean Chalaby (City University London) endorsed Rebecca’s work: “Using strong theoretical and methodological foundations, Rebecca delivers an insightful and often counter-intuitive analysis of Korean mini-series. Her thesis should be read by anyone with an interest in Korean culture and media, and global media flows”.

Serving as Rebecca’s Internal Examiner, Prof Winston Mano (CAMRI) commented: “I really enjoyed reading Rebecca’s fascinating and well-researched PhD thesis on Korean TV miniseries. She contributed original and alternative understandings of the Korean wave”.

We wish Rebecca continued success in her future endeavours!

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