Karen's PhD explored the representation of 'race' on popular British TV. Subsequently, her work has focused on the relationships between gender and media, looking specifically at news genres.
A sub-disciplinary research area is the ways in which news media represent political women, and more recently, Karen's work has looked at the experiences and location of women within media industries. Karen has been a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College and reviews for the ESRC as well as a range of journals.
As well as publishing text-based outputs, Karen's film-based work on radical women of Liverpool is exhibited in the Museum of Liverpool as part of its interactive map installation. Karen is a QAA Reviewer and a member of REF2014 sub-panel 36. Karen is currently working on a book-length monograph on Gender, Politics and Media for Wiley (2015)