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I have worked at the University of Portsmouth since 2003 and I am a Senior Lecturer in Film, Media and Animation History and Theory Studies. Previous to working in academia I was a successful freelancer film reviewer, between 1990-1993, working regualrly for Southern Life magazine (the supplement to the Southern Daily Echo) in local radio, editing and presenting my own entertainment programme between 1997-1999. From there I took the (logical?) step into working in support and admin roles within the mental health services, before subsequently becoming a full-time academic.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in British and American animation history and theory and British and American televisual comedy forms - such as sitcom, stand up and comedy production and history. My Third Year undergraduate units in Comedy and Animation history and theory are unique to Portsmouth and the material within those narratives have been channeled into my published and presented internationally-regarded research. These are also areas that I bring to the FMC MA programme on our Media Contexts module.  

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


  • NX Arts in general
  • animation history, comedy, television, form, comic books, graphic art
  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • animation history, comedy, television, form, comic books, graphic art
  • F001 United States local history
  • animation history, comedy, television, form, comic books, graphic art


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