Researching women in comics and subcultural identities. Research into subcultures develops my PhD, 'Expressions of Nation and Place in British Surfing Identities' which focused on analysing representations of surfing and national identity through film and popular culture. I have extensive publications in surfing, surfing cultures and their representations.
Currently writing a book on Wonder Woman which examines cultural, political and social influences upon the representation of the human body from the 1940s . I also recently published edited collection on time travel and superheroes. I co-edit Routledge's Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rcom with David Huxley . We have organised eight international comics conferences at Manchester Metropolitan University with colleagues in Intellect's Studies in Comics and the European Journal of Comic Art. This year we are co-organisers with Julia Round and Chris Murray putting on the conference at the University of Dundee.
I am interested in supporting anyone researching in any of the areas mentioned above.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teach a range of units over the three years undergraduate degree in film and Media. In the past twelve years I have been programme leader and year tutor for all three years. I have also tied practice and theory on my units as this is a method that seems to be a source of inspiration to students. "Youth Cultures and Subcultures", "Media Narratives" and "Science Fiction". I also teach research methods, especially empirical research and qualitative methods to undergraduates. I have also worked with postgraduate students supervising their research and teaching on the MA.