Beth Driscoll joined the Publishing and Communications program in 2013. She researches in the area of contemporary literary culture and publishing, and is currently working on projects to do with literary festivals, cities of literature, booktowns, and digital literary culture. Beth's doctoral research investigated new middlebrow logics at work in the contemporary literary economy, offering case studies of the Man Booker Prize, Oprah's Book Club and the Harry Potter novels. A book based on this research, titled "The New Literary Middlebrow: Readers and Tastemaking in the Twenty-First Century" is forthcoming in 2014. Prior to her appointment as a lecturer, she worked as a sessional lecturer, subject coordinator and research assistant with The University of Melbourne's School of Culture and Communication.