Jemma is the Module leader for the Animation Studies modules on the BA Animation course. She teaches animation history, animation theory and film theory, which provide students with the contextual knowledge that informs their own animation practice and supports them in forging unique identities in the landscape of the medium
Jemma obtained a BFA in Film and Video Production (2008) and a BA (Hons) in Film Studies (2009) from the University of Regina, an MScRes in Film Studies (2011) from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Film Studies (2016) from the University of Hull. Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University, Jemma held a Research Fellowship at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) where she performed research on modern slavery. She was also a Tutor in Film Studies for Dr Ay Davis’s American Animation History module at the University of Hull. During her studies in Canada, Jemma also held the Production Assistant/Membership Coordinator position at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative. Here she taught filmmaking and traditional animation skills, techniques and theory to a wide variety of participants.
Following on from her doctoral research, which focused on The Simpsons and its online fandom, Jemma continues to develop memetics as a viable theoretical paradigm for digital-era screen studies.
Jemma has been a member of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS) since 2014.