Dr Van Norris
I have worked at Portsmouth since 2003 and am Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. Previous to working in academia I was a successful freelancer film reviewer, between 1990-1993, 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 becoming a full-time academic.
My research interests lie in animation history and theory, Classical and Post-Classical Hollywood animation and British cinema and television animation. I also specialise in American and British graphic narrative forms along with links into British and American comedy forms - sitcom and stand up comedy and mainstream and independent American and British cinema.