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Lauren Stephenson

Senior Lecturer In Film and Media, York St John University

I was appointed Lecturer in Film Studies at York St. John in January 2019, after three years with the university as a Visiting Lecturer in Film and Media studies. My main area of interest is the Horror film. I completed my PhD in June 2018, and my thesis explored the British 'Hoodie horror' film cycle and its treatment of gender and class. My current research projects concern British Horror TV, the New Zealand horror film, and the politics of portraying female friendship in cinema.

My research ‘British ‘Hoodie’ Horror’ was published in 2020 in The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Gothic.


  • 2021–present
    Senior lecturer, York St John University
  • 2018–2021
    Lecturer, York St John University


  • 2017 
    PhD Film Studies, York St John University
  • 2012 
    BA (Hons) Film Studies, University of Hull