workprofile2I currently work as a Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, in the faculty of ACES (Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences). My role is Programme Leader, Undergraduate Communications – which means I oversee the Media, Journalism, Public Relations and PR&Media undergraduate degrees within the department of Media Arts and Communications.  I teach on a range of modules for these degrees (see ‘teaching’ page) as well as overseeing course content and design.  I’m also a member of the C3Ri research centre at SHU and I sit on a number of faculty committees, including the research ethics committee, extenuating circumstances panel and department senior management group.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and act as external examiner for Media and Communications at Canterbury Christ Church University and ISC Media at Keele 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 and 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
  • Information, Communication and Society
  • International Journal of Cultural Studies
  • Participations
  • Journal of Popular Television
  • New Media and Society
  • Intensities
  • Psychology and Sexuality
  • Porn Studies
  • Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
  • Canadian Journal of Communication
  • Journal of European Popular Culture
  • Internet Research annual conferences
  • Ashgate publishing
  • Bloomsbury publishing

I’m a member of MeCCSA, AOIR, the Mediating Religion network, 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’m doing an MA in Creative Writing because apparently I don’t have enough degrees already.

You can also find me on Academia.edu, SHU’s C3Ri staff pages, Tumblr, Twitter and various other places online.  I can be emailed at r.a.deller@shu.ac.uk.

Contact address:

Dr Ruth A Deller

Room 9210 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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