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Research Degrees Convenor (Dept of Media, Culture & Language)


BA (Hons) Film and Literature (Warwick);
MA Film and Television Studies(Westminster);
PGCE (Post-Compulsory Education) (London);
PhD Cultural Studies (Cardiff).

Research interests

My key research and teaching interests lie in the fields of women, feminism and popular culture (with a recent focus on older and ageing femininities); Hollywood cinema and genres (particularly romantic comedy, and the work of women directors); celebrity studies; contemporary television drama; representations of crime on film and TV; and audience studies. I welcome PhD supervision enquiries on any of these topics and am very happy to speak with prospective students about potential projects.

My first monograph, Crime Watching: Investigating Real Crime TV (IB Tauris, 2006) examined the history and popularity of this key strand of programming on contemporary television. Having been awarded an AHRC Research Leave grant in 2007, I published Sex and the City (Wayne State University Press, 2009) and a co-edited collection with my colleague Stacey Abbott, Falling in Love Again: Romantic Comedy in Contemporary Cinema (IB Tauris, 2009). My monograph on Prime Suspect was published by the BFI TV Classics series in 2010, and in 2012 I edited a special edition of Celebrity Studies on the theme of ageing and female celebrity. In 2013 this was extended and published as a book, Female Celebrity and Ageing: Back in the Spotlight (Routledge 2013), bringing together an international collection of scholars looking at issues as diverse as contracts for ageing women stars in the studio system and contemporary celebrity gossip blogs. Builiding on this work, in 2015 I co-edited Women, Celebrity and Cultures of Ageing: Freeze Frame (Palgrave Macmillan) with Su Holmes. My most recent monograph was Nancy Meyers (Bloomsbury, 2017), the first book-length study dedicated to the director.

In April 2014 I ran a conference at Roehampton to mark the 10th anniversary of the broadcast of the last episode of Sex and the City: 'Sex and the City Ten Years On: Landmark Television and its Legacy'. In June 2017 I co-convened 'Love Across the Atlantic: An Interdisciplinary Conference on US-UK Romance' at Roehampton, along with colleagues from the University of Alabama. The book emerging from this conference, Love Across the Atlantic: US-UK Romance in Popular Culture, (co-edited with Barbara J Brickman and Ted Trost) was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020, while I continue to work too on questions of ageing femininities and popular culture, and the work of women directors.

Professional affiliations

- Inner Editorial Board for Celebrity Studies

- International Editorial Board of the International Journal of Cultural Studies (2006-2016)

- Board of Corresponding Editors for Critical Studies in Television

- Series Editor for Edinburgh University Press' 'TV Genres' series

- Advisory Board for Edinburgh University Press' 'Visionaries: Thinking Through Female Filmmakers' series

- Member of Higher Education Academy

- Member of SCMS and MeCCSA

Consultancy work

Examining Experience:

External Examiner, University of Leicester, BA Film (2020-21)

External Examiner, University of Glasgow, MA/BA Film and Television (2016-2020)

External Panel member, validation of the Film Production and Film & Television Production BA programmes, University of Bedfordshire (2016)

External Panel member, validation of BA Media Production and review of the Media Framework, Bournemouth University Media School (2012)

External Examiner for Foundation Programmes in Film, Languages Centre, Queen Mary, University of London (2012-2016)

External Examiner for BA Film Studies at Brunel University (2011-2015)

Progression and Award External Examiner, School of Media, Southampton Solent University (2009-2013)

External Examiner for the School of Communication, MA Film & Television and BA Communication Studies, Dublin City University (2009-2012)

External Examiner for BA Film Studies at London Metropolitan University and at Kingston University (2005-08)

Film Studies Assessor for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Peer Reviewer for the ESRC, UK

PhD External Examiner, University of East Anglia, ''Perfect Fit': Industrial Strategies, Textual Negotiations and Celebrity Culture in Contemporary Fashion Television' (2010)

PhD External Examiner, University of Glasgow, 'Queer Possibilities in Teen Relationships in Film 2000-2009' (2012)

PhD External Examiner, University of Salford, 'Violence and Hegemonic Masculinity in the Contemporary US Crime Series' (2012)

PhD External Examiner, Aberystwyth University,''Follow the evidence?': Methods of Detection in American Detective Drama' (2013)

PhD External Examiner, University of East Anglia, 'Masculinity in Contemporary Romantic Comedy' (2015)

PhD External Examiner, Univeristy of Stirling, 'Adapting Snow White: Tracing Female Maturation and Ageing Across Film, Television and the Comic Book' (2016)

PhD External Examiner, King's College London, 'Fatness, Race and Gender in Contemporary American Cinema' (2016)

PhD External Examiner, University of Exeter, ‘A Game of Crones: Contemporary Hollywood Female Stars, Archetypes of Ageing Femininity, and the Cinematic Fairy Tale Reboot’ (2018)

PhD External Examiner, University of Hull, ‘Everybody Needs Some Bodies: Familial Teams and Individual-Communal Tensions in Early-00s British Television Crime Series and the Intersection of Post Feminism and Post-Television’ (2019)


Modules taught:

The Politics of Screens: Women-Practice-Representation; Film History and Criticism; Audiences and Reception; Approaches to Popular Cinema;