Research Centre Staff

Dr Deborah Jermyn

Co-Director: Dr Deborah Jermyn
Women, feminism and popular culture, aeging femininities, Hollywood cinema and genres (particularly romantic comedy), celebrity studies, contemporary television drama, representations of crime on film and TV.

Michael Witt

Co-Director: Professor Michael Witt
French cinema, cinema history, avant-garde and experimental film, film theory and philosophy, found footage filmmaking, audiovisual history and criticism, documentary, the relationship between cinema and television, and the work of Jean-Luc Godard

Stacey Abbott

Dr Stacey Abbott
The horror genre, the vampire in film and television, Cult and American Quality Television, genre theory, silent cinema, romantic comedy, science fiction, special effects, and Canadian cinema


Paul Antick
Photography, film, documentary fiction, ethnography, performance, dark tourism


Professor Caroline Bainbridge
Emotions in culture, therapy culture, identity politics and culture, psychoanalysis, feminisms, film theory, trauma and visual culture, Luce Irigary, images of gender, Lars Von Trier, the pleasures of consumption and new media technologies, research student supervision

Anita Biressi

Professor Anita Biressi
Documentary and popular factual programming, popular journalism, media spectacle and class difference in contemporary British culture

William Brown

Dr William Brown
Film theory, digital cinema, cognitive film theory, film and philosophy, transnational cinema, 3D cinema, cinema and politics

Jeremy Bubb

Jeremy Bubb
Directing, drama for the screen, directing documentary screenwriting, drama for new media

Professor Michael Chanan
Latin American cinema, documentary theory and practice, film music and the soundtrack, social history of music, early cinema, film and politics, 'third cinema', an eclectic range of individual directors such as Buñuel, Huston, Kiarostami, Loach, Renoir

Karine Chevalier

Dr Karine Chevalier
French cinema, Francophone, postcolonial studies, anthropology and visual studies, filmmaking applied to language acquisition. Blog for L’express (in French): http://blogs.lexpress.fr/london-by-art


Dr Enrica Colusso
Documentary filmmaking, representing reality through the camera, visual anthropology, ethno-psychiatry, north/south dynamics, participatory development, women's issues, urban anthropology, interactive storytelling


Dr Karen Cross
Cultural theory, cultural studies, photographic theory and practice, amateur photography, photography and participatory cultures

Chris Darke

Dr Chris Darke
The essay film, the relationship between word and image in film, film festivals, French cinema, film in the context of contemporary art, concepts of ‘space’ and ‘utopia’ in cinema, and the work of Chris Marker

John Doyle

Dr John Doyle
Multimedia journalism, documentary film and visual research methodologies, the production and circulation of mediatized utopias

Andrea Esser

Dr Andrea Esser
Sociology of the European visual market, production, distribution, consumption, commercialisation, fragmentation, convergence, digitalisation, transnationalisation of the media, media management

Dr Federica Frabetti
Cultural study of technology, digital media and software studies, cultural theory, and gender and queer theory.

Dr Susanne Greenhalgh
Reception studies, the relationship between theatre and screen media (especially in relation to Shakespeare), the representation of terror and terrorism, the cultural performance of death and mourning, and the staging of childhood in the theatre and in society


Dr Bruno Levasseur
Postcolonial theory, postcolonial France, French national identity, representations of the suburbs in French popular culture. See too the online archive (in French) created by Levasseur devoted to the Cité des Quatre-Mille housing estate in La Courneuve: http://cite4000.blog.fr/

Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien
Notions of place, memory and identity through two distinct approaches: memory work and the family album & contemporary urban street photography. See: www.mobphotography.net

Dr Anthony Paraskeva
Wyndham Lewis, James Joyce, Beckett and cinema, Modernism, theatre and cinema’

Juan Perez-Gonzalez

Dr Juan Pérez-González
Cuban and Latin American media, culture and politics; investigative journalism; literary journalism; 1960s American New Journalism; media history; blogging; political communication.


Andy Porter
Photographic practice. See: www.andrew-porter.com

Dr Cécile Renaud
French cinema, Frenchness and national stereotypes, foreign-language cinema in Britain, film marketing exhibition and distribution, film festivals, video and DVDs, subtitling and dubbing, French animation

Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman
Political communication; media sociology; media and politics; social movements; social, political and cultural change; civic engagement and campaigns; new media and politics; digital cultures; political parties; organisational analysis; human rights; marketing, public affairs and PR; television and politics; religion.

Mark Riley

Dr Mark Riley
Continental Philosophy (particularly Heidegger, Derrida and Deleuze), photography, contemporary art (particularly installation and time-based work), film (particularly Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Paradjanov)

Paul Rixon

Dr Paul Rixon
European media, American television, British broadcasting, new media technologies, radio and television criticism

Christopher Roberts

Chris Roberts
Broadcast news media and journalism, current affairs broadcasting, journalism and "the Public Sphere", representations of class identity, reality television, critical discourse analysis

Alexandra Sage

Alexandra Sage
Documentary film production, contemporary documentary theory, sound design

Dr Paul Sutton

Dr Paul Sutton
Theories of spectatorship, French and Italian cinemas, the remake, critical theory

Sean Tunney

Dr Sean Tunney
Web and citizen journalism, financial reporting, newspaper policy, political communications, modern British Labour Party history, social democracy and economic globalisation

Dr Graham White
Writing practices on stage and radio drama, drama and cultural history (particularly around the 60s/70s counter-culture), performance in the law, especially of public reconciliation

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Irene Wise
Representations of war, conflict and the Holocaust in art, photography, film and literature; material culture of museums and galleries; visual culture; art, design and illustration; medieval illuminated manuscripts