Jenna Pitchford-Hyde
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Personal profile


Dr Jenna Pitchford-Hyde joined the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia in 2012. She is Lecturer in Humanities in the Interdisciplinary Institute for Humanities, where she currently convenes the ‘Literature and Humanities’ module, co-convenes an MA Gender Studies module ‘The Body, Gender, and Violence: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives’, and teaches undergraduate modules in Cultural Studies, Literature, and Research Methods.

Jenna’s research focuses on contemporary war narratives in literature and media with particular interests in masculinity, technology, and disability studies.

Her recent publications include:

K. Parry and J. Pitchford-Hyde, ‘We may have bad days . . . that doesn’t make us killers’: How military veterans perceive contemporary British media representations of military and post-military life, Media, War & Conflict (2022).

J. Pitchford-Hyde, 'Masculinity, Identity, and Disabled Veterans: How British Audiences Respond to Representations of Military Veterans on Prime Time BBC Programmes’ in Donnalyn Pompper’s Rhetoric of masculinity: Male body image, media, and gender role stress/conflict (2022).

J. Pitchford-Hyde, 'The Veterans Administration and PTSD: Challenges and Changes from Vietnam to Iraq' on the Veterans Administration and PTSD for the Companion to the Politics of American Health, edited by Professor Martin Halliwell and Dr Sophie Jones (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2022).

Her current project include:

- A monograph entitled Masculinity and Identity in Contemporary War Fiction: US Representations in the Gulf and Iraq Wars (forthcoming 2024).

- A collaborative project with Dr Katy Parry (Univeristy of Leeds) focusing on representations of military veterans in the British media (

 - A book chapter, “Why Balance is the Key to Wellbeing” for inclusion in the proposed collection on self-care in academia edited by Associate Professor Narelle Lemon.

Teaching Interests

Jenna currently convenes the module 'Literature and the Humanities' in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities (IIH). She also co-convenes and teaches on the MA module 'The Body, Gender and Violence: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives'.

Jenna's teaching interests include gender studies and interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies, as well as 19th, 20th and 21st century British and American literature, especially postmodern literature; post-World War II conflict narratives (especially Vietnam, Cold War, Gulf and Iraq War, and 9/11 literature); gender and masculinity studies; queer theory; and critical theory. Jenna has previously taught across a wide range of subject areas including Literature, American Studies, History, Cultural Studies, and Journalism.

She welcomes potential PhD candidates on the themes of gender, military identities, and technology, in media and literature.

Key Research Interests


Jenna's research examines themes of identity, masculinity, technology, and disability with a focus on audience reception, as well as content analysis of a range of narrative forms including novels, memoir, poetry, film, television series, blogs, videogames, photography, art, and social media. She has previously published on Iraqi responses to the 2003 Iraq War, trauma and videogames, African American identity, masculinity in literature of the Iraq wars, and representations of veterans in the media. 

Grants and Funding

2022: Publication Fund grant £100

2021: Athena Swan Career Development Award £1000

2021: HUM Strategic Fund Award £1000

2014: Sir Philip Reckitt Educational Trust (SPRET) travel grant towards air travel and accommodation to enable contribution to an interdisciplinary workshop ‘Minds and Bodies at War: Medicine, Ethics and Representation’ at the European Association for American Studies conference, ‘America: Justice, Conflict, War’, held in The Hague, 2014.

2012: Peace and Conflict Studies Program Travel Bursary, Colgate University, New York State, US (£1000 to participate in the Wars Beyond War workshop).

2007: British Association for American Studies/ US Embassy Short Term Travel Award (£750 to conduct archival research into Persian Gulf War and Iraq War literature in the US).

2006: Nottingham Trent University Vice-Chancellor’s Award Doctoral Studentship (fully funded).


Administrative Posts

Jenna is Postgraduate Teaching Director and academic adviser for Foundation Year students. She is also in the Athena Swan Working Group.

Jenna has worked with colleagues in the Faculty to develop the Widening Participation strategy for the Humanities Foundation Year. In the past, she has co-ordinated a range of Faculty-wide projects aimed at widening participation in Higher Education, including themed visit days, collaborative inter-institutional residential visits, on-going projects in local schools, and projects with local community groups. Jenna also developed an outreach training programme for PhD students which was later rolled out to help train doctoral students in other Faculties.

External Activities

  • 2022-present: Consultancy (in-kind) for the charity Help for Heroes
  • 2018-present: Member of the MeCCSA Disability Network.
  • 2017-present: Peer-reviewer for Ethnic and Racial Studies (Routledge).
  • 2017-present: Peer-reviewer for College Literature journal (Johns Hopkins University Press).
  • 2016-present: External examiner for the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Humanities at University College London.
  • 2015-present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • 2015-present: Peer-reviewer for Human Relations journal (Sage).
  • 2015-present: Peer-reviewer for the ‘Re-Queering the Nation: America’s Queer Crisis’, Special Issue of the European Journal of American Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2016
  • 2012-present: Peer-reviewer for the online journal Writing Technologies.
  • 2012: Member of the ‘Wars Beyond War’ interdisciplinary research group, based in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Colgate University, US.
  • 2006-present: Member of the British Association for American Studies

Research Group or Lab Membership

Jenna is currently part of a team of academics who are developing the MeCCSA Disability Network to work on new interdisciplinary collaborative projects internationally.

In 2012, Jenna worked with colleagues on the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Colgate University (NY), to establish an international interdisciplinary research network of scholars which challenges simplified definitions of contemporary conflict. The ‘Wars Beyond War’ research group is currently working on an online project addressing the future of warfare. The aim of this research is to engage the public in interdisciplinary discussions about the impact of contemporary warfare in sociological, political, and cultural terms.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner for the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate for Humanities, University College London