Tim Snelson
  • 2.20 Arts and Humanities Building

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Cinema and Media History; Film and Media Genres and Cycles; Audience and Reception Studies; Gender and the Media; Youth Media and Subcultures; Media and Mental Health; Crime and Media; Screen Heritage; Medical Humanities

Personal profile

Areas of Expertise

Media Studies; Film Studies; Media History;  Hollywood; British Cinema; Crime and Media; Media and Mental Health; Youth (Sub)cultures; Audiences and Cinemagoing; Gender; Horror; Material Culture Studies;  Screen Heritage; Medical Humanities 


Tim Snelson studied for an AHRC funded MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in Film Studies at UEA. 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 media genres (horror, true crime, psychological thrillers); media and mental health; crime and media; audiences and cinemagoing; gender and popular media; material culture and screen heritage; and youth (sub)cultures.

He has published articles on media, cultural and medical history in journals including Cultural Studies, Journal of British Cinema and Television 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: Psychiatry and Cinema in the Long-1960s (Edinburgh University Press: 2024).

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

  • Hollywood and British Cinema 
  • Film and television genres, cycles and trends
  • Material culture, archives and screen heritage 
  • Crime and media 
  • Media and mental health
  • Audiences, reception studies and cinemagoing
  • Youth (sub)culture and media 
  • Popular media and gender 

Teaching Interests

  • Film Studies: History, Theory, Criticism (MA)
  • Media Audiences (MA)
  • Fantasy Genres (MA)
  • Media History (UG)
  • Theorising Media and Culture (UG)
  • Crime and Punishment Onscreen (UG)
  • Teenage Kicks: Media, Youth and Subculture (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

External positions

Trustee / Treasurer , Film Archives UK

2018 → …

Media Expertise

  • Media studies
  • Mental Health