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Course Leader for BA (Hons) Film Studies/Film Industries. I completed a PhD in cultural representation in Zombie media texts in 2010 at the University of Portsmouth. I have taught at the University of Portsmouth since 2004, and teach on a variety of modules across Film and Media, as well as contributing to Learning Resources for A Level students. In particular I created and co-ordinate the Unit Researching Genre, a specific horror-orientated unit. This is alongside my other teaching responsibilities for all levels of study at the University, from undergraduate to doctoral level. 

Research Interests

With interests in popular culture, film, media and changing social contexts, my research centres on representations of the horrific in culture, ranging from animation and comics through to Zombie walks. I have contributed to edited collections on subjects that range from George Romero, zombies as figures of protest to American Horror Story. I have contributed to teaching aids for genre studies, and regularly present at conferences and public events. 

 While my research interests are focused on horror in popular culture, there are many crossovers with different areas of expression and form, such as Surrealism, Animation and Comedy: elements which I also refer to in my research.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., A Strange Body of Work: The Cinematic Zombie

Award Date: 20 Oct 2015

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy

Award Date: 20 Jul 2015


Award Date: 20 Jul 2015


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