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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); celebrity studies; contemporary television drama; representations of crime on film and TV; reality TV; and audience studies. I would 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) will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020, while I continue to work too on questions of ageing femininities and popular culture.

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 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)


Modules taught:

Screen Women: From Pin-ups to Postfeminism; Film History and Criticism; Audience and Spectatorship Project; Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; Screen Cultures of London; Cult and Quality Television

Research Output

2 Downloads (Pure)

Love Across the Atlantic: US-UK Romance in Popular Culture

Jermyn, D. (ed.), Brickman, B. (ed.) & Trost, T. (ed.), Feb 2020, Edinburgh University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Bride Wore Dread: Dissent and Desire for the Wedding Spectacle in Sex and the City, from the Box to the Big-screen

Jermyn, D., 8 Nov 2019, The Wedding Spectacle Across Contemporary Media and Culture: Something Old, Something New. Boyce Kay, J., Kennedy, M. & Wood, H. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, p. 21-36 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Mise-en-scene of Romance and Transatlantic Desire: Genre, space and place in Nancy Meyers's The Parent Trap and The Holiday

Jermyn, D., 31 Dec 2019, Love Across the Atlantic: US-UK Romance in Popular Culture. Edinburgh University Press, p. 138-156 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

91 Downloads (Pure)


Kathryn Bigelow: A Visionary Director

Deborah Jermyn (Keynote/plenary speaker)

11 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Celebrity & Ageing

Deborah Jermyn (Keynote/plenary speaker)

14 Nov 201915 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Film Institute (BFI Southbank), Plenary Speaker and Panelist, 'Comedy Genius' season

Deborah Jermyn (Speaker)

Oct 2018

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

BFI Southbank (British Film Institute), Keynote Speaker, 'Girlfriends' season

Deborah Jermyn (Speaker)

Mar 2018

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Melbourne Women in Film Festival, Invited Workshop Convenor

Deborah Jermyn (Organiser)

Apr 2018

Activity: Public engagement and outreachFestival/Exhibition

Press / Media

Interviewee for 'Nancy Meyers: The Holiday Season' podcast

Deborah Jermyn


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media


Abject Spectacles : A Study of the Postfeminist Dandy in Contemporary Popular Music

Author: Weidhase, N., 9 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Jermyn, D. (Supervisor) & Bainbridge, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

The female dandy in contemporary popular music

Author: Weidhase, N., Mar 2017

Supervisor: Bainbridge, C. (Supervisor) & Jermyn, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis