Mark Jancovich
  • 2.18 Arts and Humanities Building

Personal profile

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Research (2004-2007)
  • Director of Admissions (2004-2007)
  • Director of Research Students (2005-2006)
  • Diretor of MA Programmes (2005-2006, second semester)
  • Humanities Research Committee (2004-2007)


Mark Jancovich came to UEA in September 2004. He studied at Keele University, the University of Kent at Canterbury and Indiana University. He has taught at the Universities of Keele, Manchester, and Nottingham, where he founded the Institute of Film Studies. He is the co-editor of two book series; a founding member of Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies; a member of several editorial and editorial advisory boards; and has been a member of research panel 2 of the AHRB, an subpanel of RAE 2008, and a member of the Executive of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association. He has been an external examiner at over ten different Universities and supervised numerous research students to the successful completion of their studies.

Mark also blogs on TV horror and fantasy at

Key Research Interests

Research interests - media and cultural theory; genre (particularly horror, pornography and the historical epic); audience and reception studies; and contemporary popular television. He is currently working on a history of American horror in the 1940s.


1994 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant300.00
1999-2000 Arts and Humanities Research Board, Major Research Grant for the Project 'Film Consumption and the City: A Historical Case Study in the City of Nottingham61,598.00
2000 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant260.00
2000 Leverhulme Trust, Research Fellowship16,054.00
2001 British Academy, Small Research Grant2909.00
2002 British Academy, Overseas Conference Grant507.00
2007 AHRC, Research Leave Scheme31,294.00


Film Genres (with Charles Acland, Concordia University) Berg Publishing. Books in the series include:

Catherine Driscoll, Teen Film (2011);
Keith Johnson, Science Fiction (2011);
James Walters, Fantasy (2011).

Inside Popular Film (with Eric Schaefer, Boston College) Manchester University Press. Books in this series include:

Joanne Hollows and Mark Jancovich, eds., Approaches to Popular Film (1995, see below); Harry Benshoff, Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film (1996); Julia Hallam and Margaret Marshment, Realism and Popular Film (2000); Jacinda Read, The New Avengers: Feminism, Femininity and the Rape-Revenge Cycle (2000); Nicole Matthews, Comic Politics: Gender in Hollywood Comedy after the New Right (2000); Thomas Austin, Hollywood, Hype and Audiences: Selling and Watching Popular Film in the 1990s (2002); Aylish Wood, Technoscience in Contemporary Film, (2002); Rachel Moseley, Growing Up With Audrey Hepburn: Text, Audience, Resonance, (2003); Paul Grainge, ed., Memory and Popular Film (2003); Mark Jancovich, Antonio Lazaro-Reboll, Julian Stringer and Andrew Willis, eds., Defining Cult Movies: the Cultural Politics of Oppositional Taste, (2003); Antonio Lazaro-Reboll and Andrew Willis, eds., Spanish Popular Film (2004); Andrew Willis, Stars: Hollywood and Beyond (2004); Steven Jay Schneider, ed., New Hollywood Violence (2004); Andrew Caine, Interpreting Rock Movies (2005); Gianluca Sergi, The Dolby Era: Film Sound in Contemporary Hollywood (2005) Robert Fish, Cinematic Countrysides, (2007) Kate Egan, Trash or Treasure: Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007).

Key Responsibilities

Professor Jancovich is currently Head of the School of Film and Television Studies.

Research Group or Lab Membership

I am a member of a major network funded by the AHRC on Middlebrow Culture.

I was founding member of the editorial collective of MOCS: The Magazine of Cultural Studies, and a member of the editorial advisory boards of Intensities: An Online Journal of Cult Media; the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies; the Journal of Horror Studies; Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies; the European Journal of American Culture; and both the Cultographies book series published by Wallflower and the Contemporary Cinema book series published by Rodopi.
I have acted as a reader for the following academic publishers: Arnold, Ashgate, Blackwells USA, Edinburgh University Press, Routledge, Macmillan, Manchester University Press, Sage, the University of Minnesota Press, the University of Illinois Press, Wallflower and Wayne State University Press. I have also acted as a reader for the following journals: Body and Society; Canadian Journal of Film Studies; Canadian Journal of History; Cinema Journal; Comparative American Studies; Continuum: A Journal of Media and Cultural Studies; Environment and Planning A; European Journal of American Studies; European Journal of Archaeology; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies; Journal of American Studies; Journal of Business Research; Popular Communication; Screen; Sociological Review.

Areas of Expertise

Film and television audiences; film and television history; horror; pornography; censorship; Playboy magazine; media effects and media audiences; thrillers and film noir; science fiction; historical spectacles; American culture in the 1940s and 1950s; cult media; fandom; popular cinema and television; memories of cinema going and the cultures of contemporary film viewing.

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