Tim Snelson
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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Cinema and Media History; Film and Media Genres and Cycles; Audience and Reception Studies; Gender and the Media; Youth and Media Generations

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Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Media and Cultural History; Film and Media; Audiences; Gender; Hollywood; Horror; Youth (Sub)cultures; Media and Mental Health; Taste Cultures; Screen Heritage


Tim Snelson graduated with a first class degree in Film and English Studies from UEA in 2004, and stayed on to study for an AHRC funded MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in Film Studies. From 2008 he was a lecturer in media and culture in the School of Political, Social and International Studies at UEA, before moving into his current role as associate professor in media history in the School of Art, Media and American Studies in 2011.

Tim’s research addresses the relationships between media, cultural and social histories, focusing particularly on popular film and television genres, trends and cycles; cultural histories of cinema going; gender and popular media; media and mantal health; youth (sub)cultures; and the cultural politics of taste. He has published articles on media and cultural history in journals including Media History, Cultural Studies and the History of the Human Sciences, and a number of edited collections. He has monographs titled Phantom Ladies: Hollywood Horror and the Home Front (Rutgers: 2015) and Demons of the Mind: Psychitray and Cinema in the Long-1960s (Edinburgh University Press: forthcoming).

Tim is a trustee of Film Archives UK and member and regular contributor to the international research network of The History of Movie-going, Exhibition and Reception (HoMER). 

He is currently co-investigating a research council-funded project on the intersecting material cultures of media and mental health with the Science Museum Group. See the Demons of the Mind project webiste here 

Key Research Interests

  • Cultural and institutional histories of Hollywood
  • Film and television genres, cycles and trends
  • Audiences, reception studies and taste cultures
  • Youth culture, subcultures and popular music
  • Cinema exhibition and consumption  
  • Popular media and gender 
  • Media and mental health

Teaching Interests

  • Film Studies: History, Theory, Criticism (MA)
  • Fantasy Genres (MA)
  • Media History (UG)
  • Crime and Punishment Onscreen (UG)

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009