Dr Claire Jenkins

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Lecturer in Film and Television StudiesDr Claire Jenkins

Department: History of Art and Film

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 1085

Email: cmj23@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 302, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road,Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


I received my BA (Media Arts) from Royal Holloway, University of London, my MA (Film Studies) from the University of Reading and my PhD (Film and Television Studies) from the University of Warwick. Prior to joining the University of Leicester, I taught film, television and media studies at the University of Warwick, Bath Spa University and Sheffield Hallam University. Although my research focus is contemporary film and television, with a particular focus on gender and the family, I will never miss an opportunity to discuss the merits of Back to the Future, which I've been known to (controversially) claim to be the greatest film ever made.


  • BA Hons Royal Holloway, University of London
  • MA University of Reading
  • PhD University of Warwick
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy


MonographHome Movies: The American Family in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

Journal article

  • '"You’re just some bitch who broke my heart and cut up my Mom’s wedding dress": The significance of the wedding dress in Hollywood’s romantic comedies' in Film, Fashion and Consumption 2.2 (2013)

Book chapters

  • ‘Maternity, subjectivity and family dynamics in Heckerling’s Look Who’s Talking films’ in Timothy Shary and Frances Smith (eds.) Refocus on the Films of Amy Heckerling (Edinburgh UP, 2016)
  • '"I’m saving the world, I need a decent shirt": Masculinity and Costume in the new Doctor Who' in Stella Bruzzi and Pamela Church Gibson (eds.) Fashion Cultures, 2nd Edition (Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Splitting the nuclear family?: The superhero family in The Incredibles and Sky High’ in Julian Chambliss, Thomas Donaldson and William Svitavsky (eds.) Ages of Heroes, Eras of Men (Cambridge Scholars, 2013)
  • '"Not too old for sex": Mamma Mia and the "older bird" chick flicks' in Louise Fitzgerald and Melanie Williams (eds.) Mamma Mia! The Movie: A Cultural Phenomenon (I.B. Tauris, 2013)


My research focuses on gender and the family in contemporary film and television, particularly mainstream Hollywood film. I am interested in the representation of gender on-screen and the way in which costume informs this. I have also researched the filmic representation of the American family and the way in which myths about family values are perpetuated by mainstream media. My current research project, $100 Million Women: Hollywood’s Women Directors, moves beyond issues of representation to focus on the production and reception of films made by women. This project draws upon archival research, first person interviews and the reception of films to provide a history of those women who have negotiated their way through a patriarchal industry. The project rewrites the history of Hollywood to include women directors whilst also asking questions about how cultural and gender hierarchies are reproduced through the structures that govern Hollywood filmmaking.


  • Studying Film
  • Reading Television
  • American Film and Visual Culture
  • Television Drama
  • Contemporary Hollywood
  • American Cinema (MA)


I am currently supervising the following doctoral projects:

  • Authorship and franchise cinema
  • Genre, reception and superhero movies
  • Women directors and American Independent cinema (from October 2018) M3C funded

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in any area related to my research including (but not limited to):

  • Women filmmakers
  • The American family on screen
  • Gender and costume
  • Mainstream Hollywood film

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