I’m currently an independent scholar, juggling research with a job in the Civil Service. I got my BA from Bath Spa University and my MA from Cardiff University, and was torn between looking at The X-Files fanfiction or body modification and spirituality as a PhD topic. I chose the former and began that in Cardiff University in 2010. My supervisor, Matt Hills, got promoted to professor at Aberystwyth University in 2012 and I followed him up there, then he was appointed to a position at Huddersfield and I transferred with him, submitting a proposal for a new PhD topic on The X-Files and Twin Peaks revivals. I was awarded a NECAH scholarship for my PhD, titled Neo-Cult, Neo-Fandom and Nostalgia: Reviving The X-Files and Twin Peaks for the Twenty-first Century which focused on cult television, fandom and the role of nostalgia in facilitating the revivals and the fandom around them. I withdrew from the scholarship and subsequently my PhD due to a variety of factors, but still remain interested in my research topic and the field of fan and media studies more broadly.
My research interests are many and varied, and include (but are not limited to) body modification, participatory culture, gender, philosophy, transformative works, mental health, Harry Potter, fandom, Torchwood, science fiction, religion, Doctor Who, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, fan activism, The X-Files, Neil Gaiman, comics, aca-fandom, The Walking Dead, gender, anti-fandom, Game of Thrones, fan/producer relationships, aca-fandom, social media and Sherlock. A list of my publications and conference papers is on this website (many with links to the article online or as a PDF download) as well as links to other things I’ve written.
I’m a peer reviewer for a number of journals including:
- New Media and Society
- Porn Studies Journal
- International Journal of Cultural Studies
- Transformative Works and Cultures
- Cinema Journal
- Journal of Fandom Studies
I’m a founding board member of the Fan Studies Network, a principal researcher on the World Star Wars Project, a book reviewer for the LSE Review of Books and on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies and Transformative Works and Cultures.