Lecturer in Media and Communication
Department of Media and Communication
MA – English Literature and Film and Television Studies (University of Glasgow)
MA – Culture and Colonialism (National University of Ireland - Galway)
PhD – Media and Cultural Studies (Irish Research Council Scholar, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology)
Prior to my appointment at Leicester University, I lectured in media studies at the University of Ireland – Maynooth, teaching modules on globalisation, media and critical theory and media policy. I previously worked as a features journalist, radio producer and presenter and arts and film reviewer in Irish print and broadcast media before completing my PhD in 2009. I joined the Department of Media and Communication as a Lecturer in Spring 2011.
I approach both research and teaching from an interdisciplinary theoretical standpoint, incorporating medium-specific analyses of television and radio alongside critical approaches drawn from cultural studies, literary theory, media studies, migration studies and sociology.
Problematising multiculturalism and discourses of diversity
My research into Irish radio, which was funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, examined programming produced by and about new migrant communities in Ireland and incorporated analyses of programme content, institutional production practice and broadcasting policy in relation to Irish national public service broadcasting (Radio Telefís Éireann) and community radio. Within a national and cultural context posited as historically homogenous, this study set out to address questions of how new migrants are represented in Irish radio and how radio in particular can facilitate migrant community participation. On a theoretical level, I locate analysis of Irish radio representations of 'diversity' within a critical interrogation of (official and popular) discourses of multiculturalism and the possibilities of transcultural production. This research will be published as a book, Broadcasting Diversity: Migrant Representation in Irish Radio, in 2013.
I maintain a research interest in the representation and negotiation of ‘diversity’ and discourses of difference in both radio and television. I am currently developing a comparative dimension of my radio research framework in my analysis of the representation and participation of migrant and ethnically-defined communities in (UK) midlands radio.
Cultural instrumentality of TV drama
My second stream of research examines the critical capacity of TV drama and of science fiction television in relation to television's formal strategies, incorporating analysis of the functions of narrative complexity and the televisual 'moment'.
Teaching and Supervision
First semester 2013/14: I am module leader for MS2006, Media, Identity and the Popular (BA/BSc second year core module) and teach on the undergraduate module MS3009, Media, Celebrity and Fandom (third year).
Second semester 2013/14: I am module leader for MS2008, Television Studies: Genre, History and Theory (BSc second year module), and teach on postgraduate module MS7027, News Management, Communication and Social Problems.
With Peter Lunt, I am currently co-supervising PhD student Peter Mhagama, who is researching community radio in Malawi.
I am a member of the Steering Group for the MeCCSA Radio Studies Network, European Communication Research and Education (ECREA), the Science Fiction Research Association and the Leicester Migration Network.