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I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of the following areas or their intersections: horror, pornography, representations of violence, cultural politics, moral philosophy, the philosophy of self.

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Research interests

In my research work, I acknowledge that culturally maligned objects (such as horror and pornography) express serious, complicated philosophical ideas. I have written various articles and chapters on contemporary issues in moral philosophy, selfhood studies and feminism, each of which proposes that (a) popular horror films and pornographic texts articulate the same concepts that concern philosophers (albeit in intuitive ways), and (b) these popular objects complicate and contribute to the on-going conceptual debates that define contemporary philosophical and political thought.


I joined Northumbria in April 2010. Between 2006 and 2010 I taught Media, Film and Cultural theory at the University of Sussex where I completed my PhD thesis. In addition to my role at Northumbria, I am also currently an Adjunct Research Professor in Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa). Between 2018-2021, I was Head of Subject for Media and Film at Northumbria.

I have teaching interests based in cultural politics, moral philosophy, the philosophy of self, and identity. My work mainly centres on horror, pornography, and representations of violence. I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of these areas.


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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Selfhood as Instance of Horror: Ontology, Ideology and Narratives of Body-Terror, University of Sussex

1 Oct 200431 Oct 2008

Award Date: 31 Oct 2008


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