Personal profile

Research Interests

My research interests lie in a number of interrelated areas including popular fiction, adaptation and screen media. I have written and published on a wide range of subjects including the figure of the hero/anti-hero in 1960s U.S. fiction, the theories of The Frankfurt School, Kurt Vonnegut, H.P. Lovecraft, and cult TV, My recent work looks at the significance of class in Horror fiction. 


Miss Jerin Shemoli

How south Asian authors use magical realism and write from a postcolonial perspective



Mr John Brimblecombe

Retellings of the Arthurian Narrative in Contemporary YA fiction


Ms Rhiannon McHarrie

Cinematic Archetypes of Masculinity in the MCU


Ms Lamia Hamini

The depiction of Masculinity in Edward Albee's plays.


Soumeya Slimani; English and Creative Writing

The Image of Algeria in Maria Martin's History of the Captivity and Sufferings of Mrs. Maria Martin (1807), Jules Verne’s Invasion of the Sea (1905), Yacine Kateb’s Nedjma (1956), Assia Djebar’s Fantasia, An Algerian Cavalcade (1985) and Ahmed Hanifi’s La Folle d’Alger (2012).


Mr Elhadj Benmoussa

Teaching Literature In Algerian HE Using Critical Thinking and Communicative Approaches (Completed)



External Roles

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Open Access Library of the Humanities

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed The Journal of Popular Culture

Member of the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to present

Member of the Editorial Board of BAAS US Studies Online peer reviewed journal.

Manuscript reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan in the area of Contemporary American Literature

Member of ABES (Annotated Bibliography of English Studies),Contributor/reviewer of Contemporary American Literature

Founder member of the Kurt Vonnegut Society

Member of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies

Other Responsibilities

External Examiner for The University of Wolverhampton’s Popular Culture MA


I am programme leader for Film and Screen Studies and a senior lecturer in English and Film and Screen Studies at the University of Northampton. I am a fellow of the HEA and have extensive experience of teaching in H.E. I have published on a wide range of subjects related to twentieth and twenty first century U.S. popular culture, including three monographs (on 1960's U.S. fiction, Horror Fiction and Class, and the U.S. Giant Monster Movie) and several edited collections. I was part of the successful AHRC funded network bid Diaspora Screen Media Networks in 2021-22.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

External Examiner for MA in Popular Culture, University of Wolverhampton

31 Oct 201531 Oct 2019


  • PS American literature
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Anti-hero
  • Weird Fiction
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Class
  • Herbert Marcuse
  • Popular Fiction
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Joseph Heller
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Transmedia
  • Adaptation


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