I came to Manchester in 2003, to take up my post in American Studies. Before that I lectured in Film Studies at Nottingham University, in American Studies at University of Central Lancashire, and in Cultural Studies at De Montfort University.
I am a member of:
- British Association for American Studies, and HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century United States)
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies
- American Studies Association
- Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (Climate network).
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in the fields of
African American cultural studies
Representational politics in post-1960s US film and television
African American popular music since 1960 (especially Hip-hop culture)
Cultural industries studies of American film, music, and print media
American subcultural studies
Popular culture and criminal justice
American popular culture and social justice (environmentalism; inequality; race)
I have been lead supervisor on the following doctoral projects:
- philanthropy and Hollywood stardom (Josh Gulam)
- Ebony magazine (Dr James West)
- US gang memoirs (Dr Jo Metcalf)
- the black hair-care industry (Dr Carina Spaulding)
- Chester Himes's detective fiction ( Dr Will Turner)
- "death media" and new media (Dr Mark Astley)
- Star Trek audiences (Dr Lincoln Geraghty)
Current specialist teaching
- Hip Hop and Hollywood (3rd year special subject)
- Black Cultural Studies in Post-Civil Rights America (Masters special subject)
I have acted as an expert for the defence in five legal cases in which violent rap lyrics composed and/or performed by defendants were presented as evidence.
I am a member of the Green Party.