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For more than 20 years Lorna has published widely on horror, science fiction, the vampire, cult television, and television drama. She count over 50 monographs, book chapters, or refereed papers in my publications record, including chapters in two award-winning books, and have given invited or keynote presentations at two international meetings. She regularly peer review for journals (e.g. Critical Studies in Television) and publishers (such as Routledge, Scarecrow Press, Palgrave) across a broad spectrum of television, film and genre areas. As Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded Cult TV: TV Cultures network project she coordinated the On TV festival, run in collaboration with the Showroom cinema, Sheffield. Lorna co-organised TV Fangdom: A Conference on Television Vampires (2013, University of Northampton), Daughter of Fangdom (April 2015, University of Roehampton), and the 2016 Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses. She has supervised 5 PhDs to completion.

Lorna Jowett is currently Reader in Television Studies at the University of Northampton, Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology (UK).

Research Interests

Lorna has published widely on television, film and popular culture during her career with particular focus on:

  • horror, the vampire
  • science fiction
  • cult television
  • gender and representation
  • feminism and queer identities
  • television drama


Teaching Interests

Lorna teaches Film and Screen Studies and Creative Media Production within the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology at The University of Northampton. She teaches across several modules including:

  • MED1085 – Writing the Media
  • MED2078 – Researching for the Media
  • MED3008 - Horror on Screen
  • MED3037 – Science Fiction
  • MED3017 – Global Television
  • MED4028 and 4029 Media, Film & Screen Studies Dissertation


Anthony Stepniak; English and Creative Writing

Investigating the Wicked Queen in Contemporary Narratives.


Roy Wallace; Journalism and Media

From documenting subcultures to academic video essay: a critical exploration of historical and contemporary documentary debates.

Other Responsibilities

Programme Leader Film & Screen Studies 2015-17, Media Production & Moving Image 2015-17

Third Year Tutor, Film & Screen Studies, 2013-

Course Leader Film & TV Studies 2007-2012

Admissions Tutor Film & TV Studies 2007-2012

Field Chair Film, Media & Communications 2010-2012

University Research Degrees Committee, University Research Ethics Committee, Arts & Humanities Research Degrees Board, Faculty Research & Enterprise Committee, School of the Arts Quality & Standards Committee, School of the Arts Research & Enterprise Committee, University E-Strategy Board, Learning & Teaching Committee

External Roles

Member of the editorial board of Slayage: the Journal of the Whedon Studies Association since 2005; Intensities: the Journal of Cult Media since 2012; Monstrum, journal of the Montréal Monstrum Society since 2018.

Member of the peer review board for World of Whedon book series, McFarland.

President of the Whedon Studies Association (WSA) 2018-2020. Vice President of the Whedon Studies Association (WSA) 2016-18.

Member of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), British Association of American Studies (BAAS) and charter member of the Whedon Studies Association (WSA).

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 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, American poetry, Durham University

Bachelor, (BA) English Literature, Durham University

External positions

External Examiner BA Hons Film Studies, University of Portsmouth


External examiner BA Hons Television and New Broadcast Media, Kingston University



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