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Associate Professor in Media History, University of East Anglia

Tim Snelson studied for an AHRC funded MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in Film Studies at UEA. From 2008 he was a lecturer in media and culture in the School of Political, Social and International Studies at UEA, before moving into his current role as associate professor in media history in the School of Art, Media and American Studies in 2011.

Tim’s research addresses the relationships between media, cultural and social histories, focusing particularly on popular film and media genres (horror, true crime, psychological thrillers); media and mental health; crime and media; audiences and cinemagoing; gender and popular media; material culture and screen heritage; and youth (sub)cultures.

He has published articles on media, cultural and medical history in journals including Cultural Studies, Journal of British Cinema and Television and the History of the Human Sciences, and a number of edited collections. He has monographs titled Phantom Ladies: Hollywood Horror and the Home Front (Rutgers: 2015) and Demons of the Mind: Psychiatry and Cinema in the Long-1960s (Edinburgh University Press: 2024).

Tim is a trustee of Film Archives UK and member and regular contributor to the international research network of The History of Movie-going, Exhibition and Reception (HoMER).

He is currently co-investigating a research council-funded project on the intersecting material cultures of media and mental health with the Science Museum Group. See the Demons of the Mind project webiste here.

Key Research Interests
Hollywood and British Cinema
Film and television genres, cycles and trends
Material culture, archives and screen heritage
Crime and media
Media and mental health
Audiences, reception studies and cinemagoing
Youth (sub)culture and media
Popular media and gender


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Media History, University of East Anglia


  • 2009 
    University of East Anglia, PhD