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Sarah’s research and teaching focuses on feminism and gender cultures in popular film and television culture with a specific emphasis on Anglo-American media cultures. Her monograph Masculinity in British Cinema: 1990-2010 was published in 2022 by Edinburgh University Press and she is co-editor of Shane Meadows: Critical Essays (with Martin Fradley and Melanie Williams). She is co-convenor of the BAFTTS LGBTQIA+ special interest group, a trustee of Norwich Pride, and a co-founder of Norwich Queer International Film Festival (NQIFF).


Sarah joined the School of Art, Media and American Studies in 2011 shortly after completing her PhD on the representations of masculinity in 90s British cinema.  Her interests in feminist approaches to film, television and media cultures continue to underpin her research, teaching and external scholarly activities.

Areas of Expertise

Sarah's expertise falls under the broad scope of intersectional feminist film and television studies to include the following themes and areas:

  • British film and television
  • American film and television
  • Cultures of masculinity
  • Queerness
  • Children's media cultures
  • Contemporary gender politics
  • British media, cultural and social history since 1970


I welcome PhD candidates interested in projects allied with or adjacent to any of these areas.

Key Research Interests


Sarah’s research takes a deliberately intersectional approach to feminist film and television studies, focusing particularly on the conjunctions between gender, race, sexuality, class, age, and regionality within recent British film and television.

Her first monograph, Masculinity in British Cinema 1990-2010 was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2022; the book drew on and extended the work of her PhD thesis to develop and understand the specific ways in which postfeminism and neoliberalism came to be inflected within and articulated by British cinema via its representations of masculinity.

Teaching Interests

Sarah teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Amongst the modules that she delivers are Gender and Genre in American Cinema since 2000; Gender and Television; Women and Film; Feminism and Television. She also contributes to modules including British cinema since the 1960s and a range of other core and specialist modules.

Sarah has been the Course Director for the BA (hons.) Film and Television Studies, Film and English, and History and Film as well as the MA Film Studies programmes since 2018.


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


  • British Cinema & Television
  • since 1970s
  • Broadcasting (TV & Radio)
  • british tv
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Film Studies
  • british
  • american
  • post1970
  • Media (General)
  • gender cultures

Media Expertise

  • Gender politics
  • Media studies