Personal profile

Personal profile

I am a lecturer in film and television studies in the Department of Media Arts. My research specialisms include early postwar American television history and cinematography and British postwar television history. 

My books include The Zoom: Drama at the Touch of a Lever (Rutgers University Press, 2018) and Hands on Media History: A New Methodology in the Arts and Social Sciences (Routledge, 2019 - co-edited with John Ellis). I have also published on the history of documentary film production in regional television, the television work of Robert Altman, and the employment of women camera operators in British television in the 1970s and 1980s.

My research has also been published in Television Aesthetics and Style (eds. Jason Jacobs and Steven Peacock, Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), A Companion to Robert Altman (ed. Adrian Danks, Wiley Blackwell, 2015), and in the journals Technology and Culture (2016), the Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television (2019) and Women's History Review (2021).

In the department of Media Arts my teaching expertise is in the area of documentary film and television. I convene the modules Documentary: History and Theory (MA2052) and Beyond Documentary: Personal Stories and Platforms (MA3050) and contribute lectures on television style to Critical Theory and Textual Analysis.

In addition to my research and teaching duties in the Department of Media Arts, I have served as Director of Student Experience (2019-2022) in the School of Performing and Digital Arts. In this role I have worked closely with careers liaison tutors and senior tutors to ensure that students receive high quality careers development and pastoral support throughout their degrees. I have also worked to strengthen student take-up of Optional Placement Year opportunities, including Year in Business and Study Abroad options. I have also coordinated the School's engagement with the Summer Skills Development Placement scheme.

I completed my BA, MA and PhD - the latter fully funded by the AHRC - in English Studies at the University of Exeter, and hold FHEA status. Before taking up my current appointment I worked as postdoctoral research officer on the ERC funded project ADAPT, which examined the history of television production in the UK from the 1960s to the 1990s.