Stephanie Genz's research interests focus on contemporary gender and cultural theory and she has published widely in this area. In particular, her research is concerned with innovative ways of understanding and theorizing 21st century subjectivity and agency in relationship to neo-liberal politics and consumer culture. Much of Stephanie's work centres on the contentious critical category of post-feminism and argues for a re-appraisal and politicisation of postfeminist theories and practices. Her current work centres on sexist liberalism/liberal sexism in post-recessionary culture that belies assumptions of gender equality and sexual freedom.
Currently Stephanie is working on a revised and expanded second edition of her book Post-feminism: Cultural Texts and Theories (Edinburgh University Press 2017) that will reflect a changed cultural and political landscape, specifically in relation to the post-2008 recession and a climate of austerity that are echoed in cultural forms in terms of disaffected consent, national authoritarianism, retro-nostalgia and liberal sexism.
Other recent publications include articles on celebrity authenticity; post-feminist brand culture; 'boob and bust' politics [FEMEN and SlutWalk]; neoliberal Gothic; HBO's Game of Thrones and Girls.