Kate Taylor-Jones

Professor East Asian Cinema, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield

I have quite a varied background with a broad expertise in many forms of visual arts. My first degree was in English Literature at Goldsmith College, University of London and my MA and PhD, both from Exeter University, focused on the theoretical construction of the international film body. In 2007 I took up a lectureship in Visual Culture at Bangor University, Wales where I taught across a variety of disciplines. I joined Sheffield in September 2015 as Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies.

I have been the recipient of a variety of grants including an AHRC Early Career Fellowship and I have presented my work across the globe in a variety of formats. I have lived and worked in Japan, Australia, France, Belgium and South Korea and I conduct research around the globe focusing on a variety of topics (see below). I am also involved in various women’s education and rape and sexual abuse prevention and aid programs. I have a longstanding record of external engagement – working with film festivals, distributors, schools and diverse audiences on the topic of East Asian cinema and culture.

I am the founding editor of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture and maintain a keen interest in all aspects of East Asian Popular Culture!

My most recent books are Divine Work: Japanese Colonial Cinema and its legacy (2017 Bloomsbury Press) and Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Visual Media: New Takes on Fallen Women (2017, Palgrave Macmillan Press).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield


  • 2007 
    Exeter University, PhD Film