I joined the University of Hull in 2010, after completing a
BA in Film and Literature, an MA in Film and Television Studies and
a PhD in Film Studies in the Department of Film and Television
Studies at the University of Warwick.
I have published and presented on a wide range of topics from
within and beyond film and television studies, but with principal
focuses on classical Hollywood cinema and recent British
and US television. My research explores various issues of
point of view and communication in film and television. I have a
particular interest in fictional characters, and the critical and
philosophical issues that surround them.
I am on study leave during semester 1 of 2016/7. In 2015/6
I taught the following undergraduate modules:
- Reading the Screen (level 4)
- Understanding Media (level 4)
- Analysing Television Drama: Narration, Style and
Themes (level 5)
- Television, Radio and the Everyday (level
- Communication in a Globalised Context (level
3, co-taught module)
- Research Project in the Humanities (level 3,
- Screen Nations (level 4, co-taught
- American Film and Society (level 4,
- Interpreting American Culture (level 4,
I also supervise undergraduate dissertations.
- In 2011/2 I taught two modules on the MA in Popular Cultures:
'Theorising Popular Cultures' and 'Valuing Popular Cultures'.
- In 2012 I won the Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching
Award for 'Best Feedback'.
- In October 2013 I successfully completed my Postgraduate
Certificate in Higher Education, and in February 2014 I became a
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am an occasional guest presenter for Hull Independent
Cinema. In 2014 I introduced their screenings of Frances
Ha (Baumbach, 2012) and Calvary (McDonagh, 2014). In
April 2016 I introduced Vertigo and North by
Northwest as part of their mini
Hitchcock retrospective. I have also
contributed to their website.
For the past three years I have been a guest judge at the
Wyke 'MAFTAs', an event which recognises and celebrates the
achievements of film and media students at Wyke Sixth Form College. For the past
two years I have run a 'Film Authorship' workshop for Wyke students
visiting the University.
I regularly participate in public screenings in association with
the University. In 2012 I introduced A Short Film About
Killing (Kieslowski, 1988) as part of the University's Polish
Season. In 2014 I introduced Lifeboat (Hitchcock, 1944)
and then led a post-screening discussion as part of the
University's Conflict and Peace Film Season. During the 2015/6
academic year, under the heading of 'Liberation', I have introduced
public screenings of Passport to Pimlico (Cornelius, 1949)
and Roman Holiday (Wyler, 1953). I have played an
important part in the planning, programming and delivery of
'Middleton Movie Mondays', which commenced in October 2016.
In July 2015 I participated in the University of Hull's summer
school, a week of events organised for around one hundred school
leavers from the Yorkshire and Humber region.