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.
Chapters in edited collections
- (Co-authored with
Pete Falconer.) 'Townes Van Zandt: "Now here's what this
story's told."' Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and
American Culture. eds. Thomas Alan Holmes and Roxanne Harde.
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
- 'The presentation of detail and the organisation of time in
The Royle Family.' Television Aesthetics and
Style. eds. Jason Jacobs and Steven Peacock. London:
Bloomsbury, 2013: 125-34.
Recent conference papers
‘Filmic point of view and the representation of character
interaction.’ Presented at Film-Philosophy, St Anne's
College, University of Oxford, Wednesday 22 July 2015.
‘Representing the everyday in Coronation Street (1960 and
2013).’ Presented at Spaces of Television, University
of Reading, Thursday 19 September 2013.
‘Broadcasting, Horror and Children: the case of Ghostwatch
(BBC, 1992).’ Presented at Childhood and the Media
(25th IAMHIST conference), University of Leicester, Wednesday 17
of Alignment: Jack Regan on screen and page.’ Presented at
‘You’re Nicked!’ The Sweeney and Crime Drama in British Film
and Television, University of East Anglia, Friday 21 September
Theory of Mind: Dial M for Murder as false belief
test.’ Paper presented at Film-Philosophy, King’s
College London, Thursday 13 September 2012.
‘Amanda Price as author figure, fan and critical reader in
Lost in Austen (ITV, 2008).’
Paper presented at ‘Viewer, I married him’: Reading
(Re)Productions of the Long Nineteenth Century in Period
Drama, University of Hull, 29 June 2012.
Entries in reference works
- ‘The Classic Realist Text.’ The Routledge
Encyclopedia of Film Theory. eds. Edward Branigan and Warren
Buckland. London: Routledge, 2013.
- Entries on director Alexander Payne and
films Adventureland (2009), Hollywood
Shuffle (1987), Hoop Dreams (1994), Monster’s
Ball (2001) and Sling Blade (1996) for the
Directory of World Cinema: American Independent, Vol. 2.
ed. John Berra. Bristol: Intellect, 2013.
- Review of David Lavery, Joss Whedon: A Creative Portrait:
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Marvel’s The
Avengers (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014) and Rhonda V Wilcox,
Tanya R Cochran, Cynthea Masson and David Lavery (eds), Reading
Joss Whedon (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2014).
Critical Studies in Television 11.1 (2016): 110-12.
- Review of Paddy Scannell, Television and the meaning
of live: An enquiry into the human situation
(Cambridge: Polity, 2014). Critical Studies in Television
9.3 (2014): 115-6.
- Review of Amanda D. Lotz, Cable Guys: Television and
Masculinities in the Twenty-First Century (London: New York
University Press, 2014). Journal of Gender Studies
- Review of Melissa Ames (ed), Time in Television Narrative:
Exploring Temporality in Twenty-First-Century Programming
(Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012) and Paul Booth,
Time on TV: Temporal Displacement and Mashup Television
(New York: Peter Lang, 2012). Critical Studies in
Television 9.1 (2014): 117-9.
- Review of Michael Z. Newman and Elana Levine,
Legitimating Television: Media Convergence and Cultural
Status (London: Routledge, 2012). Screen 53.4 (2012):
- Review of Hamilton Carroll, Affirmative reaction: New
formations of white masculinity (London: Duke University
Press, 2011). Journal of Gender Studies 20.3 (2011):
- Review of Robert J. Corber, Cold War Femme: Lesbianism,
national identity, and Hollywood cinema (London: Duke
University Press, 2011). Journal of Gender Studies 20.3
- Review of Barry Keith Grant, Shadows of doubt: negotiations
of masculinity in American genre films (Detroit: Wayne State
University Press, 2010). Journal of Gender Studies 20.2
- Review of Andrew Britton, Britton on Film. ed. Barry
Keith Grant (Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 2009).
Screen 50:4 (Winter 2009): 450-3.
Reviewing and criticism
Sympathy and Detachment
I welcome research proposals in the following
- Characters in fiction
- Point of view in fiction
- Film and television narration
- Film and television style
- Analytical philosophy and film/television
- Authorship and film/television
In 2015/6 I am teaching the following undergraduate
- 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 currently Web Editor for the School of Drama, Music and
Screen and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Film Studies
programme plus a range of Media programmes.
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). I
contributed to their website.
For the past two 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.
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). In April 2016 I will
introduce Vertigo and North by Northwest as part
Hull Independent Cinema's mini Hitchcock retrospective.
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.