workprofile2I currently work as a Reader in Media and Communication at Sheffield Hallam University, in the faculty of ACES (Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences). I teach on a range of modules in the department of Media Arts and Communication.  I’m also a member of the C3Ri research centre at SHU and I sit on a number of faculty and university committees, including the faculty research ethics committee, research centre standing committee, university validation panels and academic conduct panels.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and act as external examiner for Media and Communications and the University Scheme Board at Canterbury Christ Church University.

My research interests are varied but I’m particularly interested in fan studies, audience research, internet cultures, social media, religion in the media, television studies, celebrity culture, gaming cultures, gender and sexuality, reality and factual TV, soap opera and popular drama, and media representations.

I’ve been interviewed for various media, including The Observer, BBC Two’s Artsnight, BBC Four documentaries, independent films and I contribute regularly to Radio Sheffield – for media enquiries, please contact me via r.a.deller@shu.ac.uk.

I’m a peer reviewer for a number of journals, conferences and publishers, including:

  • Sexualities
  • Celebrity Studies
  • Social Media and Society
  • Transformative Works and Cultures
  • Journal of Gender Studies
  • Journal of Fandom Studies
  • Information, Communication and Society
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
  • Participations
  • Journal of Popular Television
  • New Media and Society
  • Intensities
  • Psychology and Sexuality
  • Sexuality and Culture
  • Porn Studies
  • Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
  • Canadian Journal of Communication
  • Journal of European Popular Culture
  • Internet Research annual conferences
  • ECREA conference
  • Ashgate publishing
  • Bloomsbury publishing
  • SHU LTA conferences

I’m a member of MeCCSA, AOIR, the Mediating Religion network, #wiasn, the Selfies Research Network and the Fan Studies network.

What else might you want to know about me?  I was born and brought up in Grimsby and still sort-of-vaguely support the Mariners, but I have lived in Sheffield since 1998 so I’m kind of a Northern mishmash these days in terms of my dialect, accent and idioms. As well as my academic work, I review theatre for Broadway World UK, direct, act and do a range of backstage/front of house things for the Midland Players and write for various entertainment blogs.  Oh, and in my spare time I write novels and occasionally look for agents to represent them (I completed a creative writing MA in 2017).

You can also find me on Academia.edu, SHU’s website, ResearchGateTwitter and various other places online.  I can be emailed at r.a.deller@shu.ac.uk.

Contact address:

Dr Ruth A Deller

Room 9301 Cantor Building

Sheffield Hallam University

S10 2NU


One Comment

  1. Dear Ms Ruth Deller

    You’re a great media academic. I’m sorry you & the bloggers lost season 4 of Only Connect. How’s your family?

    Can I please have an autographed picture?

    If you still keep in touch with Steven Perkins & Chris Rubery,can you please ask them if I can have their autographs too?

    My address is
    Alisha Doutt
    42 North Porter Street
    Waynesburg PA 15370

    Alisha Doutt

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