Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Lancaster and Nottingham universities I came to Portsmouth in 2004, when I joined as Lecturer in Media Studies. In January 2007, I become Principal Lecturer in Media Studies and was Subject Leader for the BA(Hons) Media Studies and combined honours degree programmes until 2011. In May 2011, I was made Reader and then in June 2019 I became Professor of Media Cultures.
My PhD focussed on Star Trek fans and American culture and my research interests have rested mainly in the areas of science fiction, popular culture, American film and television and fandom. As I have continued to publish on fans and fan practices my research has turned to examine the cultural and creative links between audiences and the media entertainment industries; particularly the affective and nostalgic relationships fans create with media texts through production, preservation and place.
Professor of Media Cultures, University of Portsmouth
University of Nottingham, PhD American Studies
University of Nottingham, MA American Studies
Lancaster University, BA(Hons) American Studies
Popular Media Cultures: Fans, Audiences and Paratexts, Edited, Palgrave
Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood, Volume 2, Edited, Intellect
Cult Collectors: Nostalgia, Fandom and Collecting Popular Culture, Routledge
The Smallville Chronicles: Critical Essays on the Television Series, Edited, Scarecrow Press
Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood, Edited, Intellect
Channeling the Future: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy Television, Edited, Scarecrow Press
American Science Fiction Film and Television, Berg
The Influence of Star Trek on Television, Film and Culture, Edited, McFarland Publishers
The Shifting Definitions of Genre: Essays on Labeling Films, Television Shows and Media, Edited with Mark Jancovich, McFarland Publishers
Living with Star Trek: American Culture and the Star Trek Universe, IB Tauris