Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell


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Personal profile


Jon Mitchell is an Associate Professor of American Studies. He joined the School of American Studies in 2010. He received his Ph.D from the University of Wales, Swansea in 2003. While living in Ireland for nearly ten years, he taught at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; University College Dublin; and Trinity College Dublin.

Key Research Interests

Jon’s research interests include: US masculinity and national identity; gender theory; queer theory; US literature and culture of the 50s and 60s; psychoanalytic theory (Lacan and Zizek); narrative theory (narratology and post-narratology); ‘Christian Identity’ and fundamentalism; and methodology in American Studies

I am available to supervise research students with similar research interests.


Key Responsibilities

Jon has covered many leadership roles during his time at UEA.

Currently he is Co-lead for Athena Swan. He has been in this role since 2019. He has also been Employability Director; Course Director (American Studies); PGT Director (American Studies); PGR Director (American Studies); and Plaigarism Officer.

Jon has also been part of the HUM Workload working group; University Moderation and Online Moderation working groups; and University Assessment Review working group

Teaching Interests

Jon has an interdisciplinary approach to his teaching. His key teaching areas are literature, film and American studies. He combines teaching on his research interests in gender and sexuality with core subject teaching on both the American Studies and Film and TV degrees. He has taught such modules as:


AMAS5019A: Films That Make US American: 1980s America Through the Movies. (Module Organiser)

AMAS5020B: They Came From Outer-the-Closet: Gender, Sexuality, and Panic in American Film. (Module Organiser)

AMAS5053B: Wishing Upon Stars: Disney's America  (Module Organiser)

AMAL5082B: American Literature on Screen

AMAS6061B: 'Queers Read This': Gender, Sexuality and Narrative  (Module Organiser)

AMAS6051B: Exploded Forms: 1960s American Literature  (Module Organiser)


He also organizes and contributes to first year teaching in both American Studies and Film and Television.


Jon supervises UG dissertations every year and has worked with students on a wide range of topics over the years from Lesbian Pulp fiction to QAnon conspiracies.



AMAS7018A: American Scholars: Research and Reading in American Studies

Jon regularly supervises PG Dissertations and has worked with students on a wide range of subjects from Superheroes to Queer appropriations of Alice in Wonderland




External positions

External examiner, University of Essex

1 Mar 201930 Jun 2022