Katie Moylan

Dr Katie Moylan

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Research Fellow (2019 - 2021)

email: km264@le.ac.uk


Education and Experience

-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)
-Higher Education Academy Fellow

Prior to my appointment at Leicester University, I lectured in media at the University of Ireland - Maynooth, teaching modules in cultural 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 returning to academia.


Semester 1, 2018/19:
-Module leader for MS2006, Identity and Popular Culture (second year BA module)
-Module leader for MS3026, Community Radio in Practice, co-taught with EAVA FM, Leicester (third year BA module)
-I contribute to the undergraduate third year module on Seriality, taught jointly with the Department of History of Art and Film and American Studies

Link to Publications


I approach both research and teaching from an multidisciplinary 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.

(Re-) Producing Community: Broadcasting Diversity in Community Radio

In 2015 I was awarded a BA/Leverhulme Small Grant (£8704) for my research into production practices and programming in selected North American community radio stations. This project focuses on how individual community stations in Canada and the US facilitate equitable representation of diverse groups represented in their (geographical and conceptual) catchments. This research was published as a book, The Cultural Work of Community Radio by Rowman & Littlefield in 2019.

I am also developing research into community participation and production in (UK) midlands radio and have written on this in Global Media and Communication, published in 2018.

Broadcasting Diversity cover

My earlier research into Irish radio, which was funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, examined broadcast practices and programming of and about migrant communities in Ireland, drawing on Irish national public service broadcasting (Radio Telefís Éireann) and community radio. This research was published as a book, Broadcasting Diversity: Migrant Representation in Irish Radio, in 2013.


Uncanny TV: Producing Moments of Estrangement

My second stream of research focuses on televisual aesthetics, drawing in particular on analysis of television's formal strategies and uses of the televisual 'moment' to explore how a televisual aesthetic can be operationalised as critique. I explored this idea in my article 'Uncanny TV' published by Television and New Media (2015).

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising PhDs in creative radio practices, radio mediations of 'world' music and transmediality and Welsh identity in Welsh radio. I particularly welcome enquiries from people interested in studying any aspect of community radio; community media; radio aesthetics; television aesthetics; science fiction television. Completed PhD supervisions include:

-Emily Bettison: Radio as Creative Industry, third year (Midlands3Cities, co-supervising with Paul Long, Birmingham City University): submitted
-Sarah Renger: Television Drama and Transmediality: submitted.
-Peter Mhagama: Community Radio and Development in Malawi (awarded 2015) (with Peter Lunt)

Professional activities

I am the Books Editor of the Radio Journal and am a member of the following:

  • Association for Cultural Studies (ACS)
  • European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
  • Leicester Migration Network

I am also Undergraduate Admissions Officer for Media and Communication.

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