Alexander Sergeant

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PhD projects

Fantasy Media
Spectatorship Theory
Film Theory
Film and Philosophy
Hollywood Cinema

Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in Film & Media Studies having joined the University of Portsmouth in 2019. I have a PhD in Film Studies from King's College London, and a degree in History & Culture from the University of Warwick.

My research examines the history and theory of fantasy film and television, a subject I have published on widely in a variety of academic journals and edited collections. My research has been twice nominated by the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), first for my co-edited collection Fantasy/Animation: Connections between Media, Mediums and Genres (Routledge, 2018 – nominated for ‘Best Collection’) and, more recently, for Encountering the Impossible: The Fantastic in Hollywood Fantasy Cinema (SUNY Press, 2021 – nominated for ‘Best First Monograph’). I am also the co-founder of and co-host of the Fantasy/Animation podcast.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the module coordinator for the first year undergraduate modules across the BA Film Studies, BA Media Studies and BA Film Production, including Film, Genre and Adaptation, Film Language and Representation and Eportfolio for Film and Television.

I am the School's Ethics Lead, and creator of the L5 optional module Film and Ethics, which is available to students across various degree programmes.


Research Interests

-          Fantasy Film & Television

-          Animation (US, UK, Japan, China)

-          Psychoanalysis

-          Film & Spectatorship Theory

-          Media & Philosophy

-          Ethics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • BJ Ethics
  • E11 America (General)


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