I’m currently a part-time PhD candidate at Aberystwyth University, juggling studying with a full-time 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. I have recently switched from a PhD by thesis route to PhD by publication. This requires a collection of three to five articles on a similar theme which contribute original research to the field, as well as a written rationale and context for the research. My PhD, titled Navigating Fandom/Negotiating Affect: Anti-Fandom, Hate and Recoding now focuses on anti-fandom, affect and negotiating the boundaries of fannish behaviour.
Beyond my PhD 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 X-Files, gender, anti-fandom, 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 member of MeCCSA, BAFTSS and AOIR. I’m also a founding board member of the Fan Studies Network, 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.