Biography

My teaching and research has broadly been concerned with the cultural significance of popular cinema and television genres. Recent work has specifically revolved around questions of race, gender/sexuality, screen performance, industrial aesthetics and practices in film and television. While I have previously drawn upon both historical and theoretical traditions, current work has also focused upon interdisciplinary approaches to research. I have explored all of these areas in recent publications, as well in my teaching at PhD, MA and BA levels. I am a Senior Follow of The Higher Education Academy and I am currently a Co-Investigator on a large-scale transdisciplinary project, supported by a recently successful UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund award.  

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise 2 Ph.D. students and I have been the primary supervisor for 12 PhD students, who successfully completed between 2011 -2019, on the following topics: representations of posthuman women in science fiction television; apocalyptic science fiction film; representations of mental disorder in the contemporary American Biopic; press discourse surrounding representations of rape in film; sound in the Gulf War film; American Independent Cinema; liminal identities in American science fiction television; gender and contemporary American science fiction television; white American masculinities in the apocalyptic science fiction road narrative; the films of Hal Hartley; the representation of women in the films of Woody Allen and their popular and critical reception; the science fiction novel and meta-narrative strategies.

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