My research and teaching focuses on cultural studies, popular culture, gender studies, and visual culture, with an emphasis upon film. My key area of specialization is horror cinema. I am particularly interested in philosophical, aesthetic and theoretical approaches to horror, and my book "Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror", was published by Routledge as part of their Film Philosophy on the Margins series.
More broadly, I am interested in wide range of approaches to culture, especially the 'everyday', including digital culture, spectatorship, science and technology, the relationship between bodies and space, issues of taste and consumption, camp and queerness, and so-called 'low' culture. I have a broad skill set, and have contributed to a range of scholarly, critical and popular publications.
I am also an arts and cultural critic. I create and participate in performance work, and I appear regularly as a panellist, speaker and adjudicator at events and festivals. I have written for The Spinoff, Pantograph Punch, Theaatreview, the Christchurch Art Gallery's Bulletin, The Physics Room, Stuff, the Playmarket Annual, and have appeared on RNZ, BBC5, TV3, rdu, and Radio Live. I am proud to be a trustee of WORD Christchurch.