Research

 

My research focuses on the body, sexuality and gender in contemporary popular culture.

Within this, I have particular interests in film and television, and my research encompasses nostalgic cultures, the gothic (including horror, supernatural and science fiction genres), girlhood and teenage femininities, bisexuality, noir and detective fictions, and reproductive politics.

I have recently completed a monograph, The Contemporary Femme Fatale: Gender, Genre and American Cinema (Routledge, 2017), which maps various articulations of the figure in popular film from the 1990s onwards.

In addition to this, I am in the early stages of a new project on representations of virginity in popular media, with a particular focus on the supernatural body as a mechanism for unpacking the complexities of virginity and its loss.

I would be interested in supervising PhD projects on (but not limited to) gender, popular culture, identity, representation, genre, nostalgia, the body, sexuality and feminist theory.