Lincoln Geraghty

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PhD projects

Fandom: collecting, fan tourism, communities. Hollywood film culture, science fiction film and television

Personal profile


Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Lancaster and Nottingham universities, I came to Portsmouth in 2004, when I joined as Lecturer in Media Studies. In January 2007, I became Principal Lecturer in Media Studies and was Subject Leader for the BA (Hons) Media Studies and combined honours degree programmes until 2011. That year, I was made Reader in Popular Media Cultures. I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Royal Society of Arts. In September 2019, I became Professor of Media Cultures.

My PhD, from the University of Nottingham, focussed on Star Trek fans and American culture and my research interests have rested mainly in the areas of science fiction, popular culture, American film and television and fandom. As I have continued to publish on fans and fan practices my research has turned to examine more closely the cultural and creative links between audiences and the media entertainment industries; particularly the affective and nostalgic relationships fans create when collecting media merchandise and children’s toys from their past.

Research Interests

My main publications are Living with Star Trek: American Culture and the Star Trek Universe (IB Tauris, 2007), American Science Fiction Film and Television (Berg, 2009) and Cult Collectors: Nostalgia, Fandom and Collecting Popular Culture (Routledge, 2014). I have edited The Influence of Star Trek on Television, Film and Culture (McFarland, 2008), Channeling the Future: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (Scarecrow, 2009), The Smallville Chronicles: Critical Essays on the Television Series (Scarecrow, 2011), and, with Mark Jancovich, The Shifting Definitions of Genre: Essays on Labeling Film, Television Shows and Media (McFarland, 2008). I am Editor for the multi-volume Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood from Intellect Books (2011 & 2015), and my most recent collection, entitled Popular Media Cultures: Fans, Audiences and Paratexts, was published by Palgrave in 2015.

In addition to my own research activities I serve as editorial advisor for The Journal of Popular Culture, Reconstruction, Journal of Fandom Studies and Journal of Popular Television with interests in science fiction film and television, fandom, and collecting in popular culture. I was recently appointed Senior Editor for the new online open access journal from Taylor Francis, Cogent Arts and Humanities.

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Portsmouth


Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Ph.D., Living with Star Trek: Utopia, Community, Self-Improvement and the Star Trek Universe, University of Nottingham


Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

MA, American Studies, University of Nottingham


Award Date: 1 Dec 2000

BA (Hons), American Studies, Lancaster University


Award Date: 1 Jul 1996

External positions

External Examiner, University of East Anglia


External Examiner, Middlesex University



  • E151 United States (General)
  • Culture
  • History
  • Film
  • Television
  • Media
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • Fandom
  • Media
  • Taste
  • Capital
  • PZ Childrens literature
  • Nostalgia
  • Fandom
  • Adaptation
  • Heritage
  • Identity
  • PN1993 Motion Pictures
  • American Film
  • Science Fiction
  • Audiences
  • Franchises
  • Fandom
  • PN1990 Broadcasting
  • Television
  • Star Trek
  • Fandom
  • Convergence
  • Transmedia


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