Dr Melanie Kennedy

Lecturer in Media and Communication

Dr Melanie Kennedy

Office: 2.03 Bankfield House

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1624

Email: mjk29@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I received my PhD from the University of East Anglia in 2013.

I am the Programme Director for the BA Media and Communication and the BA Media and Society.

I am the book reviews editor for the Routledge journal Celebrity Studies and I have peer reviewed for journals including:

  • Celebrity Studies
  • European Journal of Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Film, Fashion and Consumption.



I am Module Leader for the following modules:

  • MS1002 Topics in Media and Communication
  • MS3014 The Media on Film (2017/18)

I also contribute to several other undergraduate and postgraduate modules.


Kennedy, M. (Forthcoming). Tweenhood: Femininity and Celebrity in Tween Popular Culture. London: I.B. Tauris.

Kennedy, M. (2017). 'Come on, […] let’s go find your inner princess': (post-)feminist generationalism in tween fairy tales. Feminist Media Studies, DOI:10.1080/14680777.2017.1367704.

Kennedy, M. (2017). ' Miley Cyrus and the Murder’ of Hannah Montana: Authenticity and Young Female Celebrity. In: O’Connor, J. and Mercer, J. (eds.) Childhood and Celebrity. London: Routledge, pp. 82-98.

Kennedy, M. (2015). Book review: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism: Harleys and Hormones. Feminist Media Studies 15(6), pp.1062-1064.

Kennedy, M. (2014). Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: ‘Becoming’ a Woman, ‘Becoming’ a Star. Celebrity Studies (5)3, 225-241.

Kennedy, M. (2012). Girlhood in Popular Culture: An Introduction. Networking Knowledge (5)1, 1-4.

Kennedy, M. (2011). Book review: 'Fame' by Mark Rowlands, 'American Idolatry' by Christopher E. Bell, and 'Makeover TV' by Brenda R. Weber. Scope 21. Available on the University of Nottingham's website (PDF) (Accessed: 15 February 2016).


My research is rooted in feminist media and cultural studies, and cuts across the fields of

  • Critical film and television studies
  • Gender and popular culture
  • Feminist theory
  • Postfeminist media studies
  • Stardom and celebrity studies
  • Youth media
  • Tweens and tweenhood
  • Girlhood studies

I examine media representations of gendered, age-defined, classed, raced identities (in particular tweens, young female celebrities, and teenage mothers), and the popular culture that addresses these subjects.

My doctoral thesis is titled Bratz, BFFs, Princesses and Popstars: Femininity and Celebrity in Tween Popular Culture, and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The research discursively analysed how the ‘tween’ is both constructed and addressed by contemporary preadolescent girls’ popular culture, and examined the central role that celebrity plays in cultural articulations of girls growing up. A monograph of this research is forthcoming with IB Tauris.

I have a continued interest in young female celebrity, and the representation of young femininity in postfeminist and neoliberal popular culture – in particular, Miley Cyrus and ideas of authenticity and young ageing female selfhood.

I am currently examining the construction of teenage pregnancy and motherhood in contemporary media and popular culture, in particular within MTV reality television programming and celebrity culture.

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School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Campus based courses
E: mcs-enquiries@le.ac.uk
T: +44(0)116 252 3863

Distance Learning Courses
E: css-dl@le.ac.uk
T: 0116 252 3755

Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
T: +44(0)116 252 2785
E: MCS-Research@le.ac.uk

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