I’m really bad at answering the question ‘so what do you research?’ because the answer is, genuinely, a whole bunch of stuff. You might think Fifty Shades, Cliff Richard, Belle and Sebastian, The Sims, Doctor Who, The X Factor, religious documentaries, Twitter, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Facebook, Zoella, The Archbishop of Canterbury and The Pope, cancer charity selfie campaigns, celebrity reality shows, social justice, Captain Marvel, and Neighbours aren’t the most obvious of bedfellows, but I’ve happily researched all of them (and more!).
My publications, presentations and teaching pages should give you some idea of the kinds of work I’ve been involved in. My key areas of interest are internet studies; soap and drama; fan studies; audience research; religion and the media, and reality and factual television. My PhD looked at religion on British factual TV.
At present, I’m working on two book projects, one on reality and popular factual television (due 19/20), another on religion and television (due 20/21). If you’ve been involved in the TV industry in either of these areas and want to chat, I’m always looking for interviewees!
I am interested in supervising student work on areas including factual and reality television, religion and the media, internet cultures, social media, media audiences, fan studies, media representations and identities, soap opera and drama, cult media, celebrity culture, or popular cinema.