Personal profile

Personal profile

PhD, University of Nottingham

MA, University College London

BA (Hons), Kingston University

Personal profile

Dr JP Kelly is Lecturer in Film and Television in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway. His research focuses on the contemporary television industry with a particular interest in the relationship between new media technologies and emerging narrative forms. He has published research exploring new models of television distribution in the edited collection Ephemeral Media: Transitory Screen Culture from Television to YouTube (BFI, 2011). He has also published work on the relationship between distribution and narrative form in Time in Television Narrative: Exploring Temporality in 21st Century Programming (MUP, 2012). His monograph, Time, Technology and Narrative Form in Contemporary US Television Dramawas published in 2017 by Palgrave. 

He has also published numerous articles and book reviews in Congergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Television and New Media, Popular Communication: The Journal of Media and Culture, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, In Media Res and Critical Studies in Television (online).

His current research examines the role that big data plays within contemporary screen culture. As part of this project, he is also interested in a number of related areas including nostalgia, retrospection and repetition. His work explores the ways in which media texts are constructed, experienced and understood in relation to new technologies and platforms such as online streaming, DVD box sets, social media and digital archives.

He previously served as articles editor for Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies (University of Nottingham).

Research interests: Television History; Digital Archives; Big Data; Streaming; Television and Social Media; Transnational and Transmedia TV; Series and Seriality; Nostalgia; Media Technologies; Documentary; Televised Sports.

John-Paul Kelly

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I currently convene and teach on a number of courses at Royal Holloway, including MA3092: The Poetics of Contemporary Television, MA2067: Television Histories, MA3077: Television and Digital Culture, and MA3062: Media Research Project. 

You can view the WordPress page for my second year Television Histories course by clicking here.


  • Media studies
  • Television production
  • Television studies
  • Internet

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