Francisca Amorim is a PhD candidate in Communication Sciences at University of Beira Interior (Portugal). Her research is funded by a doctoral scholarship awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the Doctoral Program in Communication Studies: Technology, Culture and Society, which works in a consortium between four Portuguese universities and six research units.
Her research areas are Rhetoric and Political Communication. She has particular interest in the study of discourse, argumentation, political media role, election campaigns, emotions and political decision making.
Under the supervision of Dr Paulo Serra (University of Beira Interior) and Dr Maria Luísa Malato (University of Porto) she develops a thesis entitled ‘Affective Rhetoric: The case of the 20th Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’. Her thesis focus on how politicians communicate nowadays through the media and examine the political rhetoric of the current Portuguese President, and his political use of emotions and affections.
She holds a Master’s degree in History, International Relations and Cooperation from the Faculty of Arts of University of Porto, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho. She is the author of the book ‘Geringonça and Other Ways of Speaking in Politics - Soundbite in the political rhetoric of the Portuguese 2015 parliamentary elections’, published in 2016. Her complete CV can be found here.