My research interests are Film and Politics in the U.S. and the U.K. My current focus is on the relationship between Hollywood, Gender and Conservatism in the U.S. and the role of film and gender in generating anti-establishment politics. My research is currently focused on reassessing this process through the lens of Goldie Hawn, an effective and prominent star-producer of the eighties. This also encompasses interests relating to the spread of neo-conservatism and the New Right in the lead up to the presidency of Ronald Reagan in the later twentieth-century. My current research is supervised by Prof. Ian Scott and Prof. Eithne Quinn.
My previous research focused on classic Hollywood, the star system it established and its relationship to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt during both the Great Depression and the Second World War.
I am also interested in broader approaches to the U.S. presidency as form of moral-leadership, especially related to the moral-leadership and rhetoric of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan.