I am currently an Associate Fellow in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick, and a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. I am also Part-Time Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.
I completed my doctorate in the Department of Film and Television Studies. I submitted my thesis in September 2012, and passed with minor corrections in December 2012.
A monograph based on my doctoral thesis was published by Peter Lang Oxford in September 2014. It examines the representation of the American presidency in Hollywood film and television, with particular focus on race and gender. It departs from other studies in this area which have tended to place great emphasis on historical accuracy and authenticity to view the president as an archetype within Hollywood's generic, iconographic and narrative traditions.
I recently completed an early career post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study. Building upon my doctoral work, I am pursuing a project that concerns the representation of American monuments and memorials in cinema and television, ranging from The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., to Ground Zero in New York. I recently published work with US Studies Online looking at different uses of war memorials in US television drama, which you can read here.
I am currently lecturing at the University of York, leading a module in Political Cinema and Television for 2nd year undergraduates. This combines aspects of my research into the representation of politics, but also looks at political 'genres' (thriller, satire, documentary) as well as political film movements like 'Third Cinema' and the burgeoning critique of class relations in US independent cinema since the Great Recession. I will lead an MA module in the department of English at the University of York, entitled From Crash to Crisis: American Cinema and Society 1930-2015.
I gained a First Class Degree in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick in 2007. I continued to take an MA for Research in the same field, winning funding from the AHRC through the Research Preparation Masters' Scheme (2007-2008). After a year's break from academic study, I was awarded AHRC Block Grant funding to pursue my doctoral research.