Katie Moylan

Dr Katie Moylan

Associate Professor/

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

email: km264@le.ac.uk

In 2019, I began a two-year EU Marie Curie Global Research Fellowship to conduct in-depth research into Indigenous community-led radio in urban and rural contexts in the US, hosted for the first year at the University of Texas at Arlington. Projects emerging from this Fellowship explore diverse ways in which Indigenous programming enables community self-determination and representation through locally produced, tribally-specific content and collective practices.

Working with radio station practitioners, I am compiling a map of tribal radio stations across the US, a work in progress which can be found here:  https://tinyurl.com/MappingIndigenousRadio

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, Technological University Dublin)

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. Before this, I worked as a features journalist, radio producer and presenter and arts and film reviewer in Irish print and broadcast media before returning to academia.


On EU Research Fellowship until Autumn 2021.

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 a multidisciplinary theoretical standpoint, incorporating medium-specific analyses of television and radio alongside critical approaches drawn from critical Indigenous theory, cultural studies, literary theory, media studies, migration studies and sociology.

Exploring the cultural work of Community Radio

My most recent book, The Cultural Work of Community Radio (Rowman & Littlefield 2019), identifies and explores the diverse ways in which selected community stations in Canada and the US enable community-led production and content and facilitate equitable representation of the communities represented in their (geographical and conceptual) catchment areas.

I am C.I. on ‘Programming, Practices, Production and Policy’, awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) in 2018 (CAD$74,577.00), working in collaboration with radio academics at York University, Toronto, developing multi-sited research across Canadian community radio practices.

My earlier research into Irish radio, 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 (Intellect/University of Chicago Press), in 2013.

Critical Pedagogy through Community Radio Production

In collaboration with EAVA FM practitioners I developed and co-teach on a production-led undergraduate module, Community Radio in Practice, in which students produce their own community-facing programmes broadcast live on EAVA FM. This module provides training in community radio from experts, in turn enabling development of student knowledge about the value of community-produced media.

Uncanny TV: Producing Moments of Estrangement

Another research stream 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 (Midlands3Cities, co-supervising with Paul Long, Birmingham City University): awarded 2020.
-Sarah Renger: Television Drama and Transmediality: awarded 2020.
-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

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