My research examines the work and representation of non-human animals in the cinema; film stardom and screen performance, especially child actors and child stars; popular Hindi cinema/Bollywood, and particularly the transcultural adaptation/remake; and global humanitarianism and the media, specifically fiction film. 

I would like to hear from potential PhD candidates interested in working on any of these topics.   


My current research projects concern:

* adaptation and Under the Skin

* the logistics and aesthetics of the stampede sequence

* aerobic dance exercise and film

Wuthering Heights and Hindi cinema 

* Andrea Arnold

* child actors and popular humanitarianism in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s



Selected and Forthcoming Publications


The Bollywood Version: Transnational Adaptations in Popular Hindi Cinema (in progress)

The Children and the Nations: Juvenile Actors, Hollywood Cinema, International Relations and Humanitarian Sentiment 1940-1960 (in progress)

Indian Film Stars, editor (London: British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, contracted, forthcoming 2019)

Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture, co-edited wth Rachel Tavernor (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2019)

The Zoo and Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter, co-edited with Karen Lury (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Animal Life and the Moving Image, co-edited with Laura McMahon (London: British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Sabu (London: British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

'Animal, Digital,' in Kyle Stephens (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

'Gutted: Under the Skin and the Ethics of Infidelity, or Adaptation as Evisceration,' in Susan McHugh, Robert McKay and John Miller (eds.), The Palgrave Commpanion to Animals and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

'Aerobic Dance Exercise and Popular Film: The Work Out as Musical Event,' in Martha Shearer and Julie Lobalzo-Wright (eds.), Musicals at the Margins (forthcoming)

'Dilip Kumar and the Hindianisation of Heathcliff in A. R. Kardar's Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966),' in Michael Stewart and Robert Munro (eds.), Adaptation and Nation: Screen Cultures in National, Post-National and Transnational Contexts (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)

'"A Charlie Chaplin and a Raj Kapoor for our Times": Feeling Historically with Ranbir Kapoor,' in Aysha Iqbal and Clare Wilkinson-Weber (eds.), Stardom in Contemporary Bollywood (Palgrave-Springer, forthcoming)

'Deadpan Dogs: Aki Kaurismaki's Canine Comedies' in Thomas Austin (ed.), The Films of Aki Kaurismaki: Ludic Engagements (New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming August 2018)

‘Darsheel Safary: Globalization, Liberalisation and the Changing Face of the Bollywood Child Star’, in Sabrina Qiong Yu and Guy Austin (eds.), Revisiting Star Studies: Cultures, Themes and Methods (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 125-44

'Terrorism and Trainers in a Transnational Remake: Child Labour and Commodity Culture in the Bollywood Adaptation of New Iranan Cinema's Children of Heaven,' in Stephanie Helmryk Donald, Emma Wilson and Sarah Wright, eds. Childhood and Nation in Contemporary World Cinema: Borders and Encounters (New York: Bloomsbury, 2017), 181-99

'Glamour and Transformation in the Transnational Makeover: Return to EdenKhoon Bhari Maang and the Avenging Woman in Popular Hindi Cinema', in Iain Robert Smith and Constantin Verevis, eds. Transnational Film Remakes (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), 103-17

'Photographs and Families in We Bought a Zoo and Our Zoo', in Michael Lawrence and Karen Lury, eds. The Zoo and Screen Media: Images of Exhibition and Encounter (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 197-220

'Nature and the Non-human in Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights', Journal of British Cinema and Television, 13. 1 (January 2016), 177-94

'Muybridgean Motion/Materialist Film: Malcolm LeGrice's Berlin Horse', in Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon eds. Animal Life and the Moving Image (London: British Film Institute/Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 

''Bombed to Stardom!' Roddy McDowall, 'British Evacuee Star' in Hollywood,' Journal of British Cinema and Television, 12. 1 (January 2015), 45-62

‘‘Practically Infinite Manipulability’: Domestic Dogs, Canine Performance and Digital Cinema,’ Screen, 56. 1 (Spring 2015), 115-20  

‘‘Yes Sir, That’s My Baby’: Infancy and Performance in Heartburn, or the Business with the Banana’, Screen, 53. 4 (Winter 2012), 465-70

‘Hindianizing Heidi: Working Children in A. R. Kardar’s Do Phool,’ Adaptation, 3. 2 (September 2011), 102-18 

'Indian Cinema', in Corey K. Creekmur and Linda Y. Mokdad, eds. The International Film Musical (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012), 189-209

'The Death of an Animal and the Figuration of the Human', in John David Rhodes and Brian Price, eds. On Michael Haneke (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010)

'Lee Kang-sheng: Non-professional Star', in Yingjin Zhang and Mary Farquhar, eds. Chinese Film Stars (New York: Routledge, 2010; Peking University Press, 2011)

'Shaking an Elephant: Sound, Space and Suspense in The Unholy Three', in Bernd Herzogenrath, ed. The Cinema of Tod Browning: Essays of the Macabre and Grotesque (McFarland, 2008)