I am an experienced supervisor of PhDs, having with worked with over 40 PhD students as supervisor, external examiner, internal examiner/ independent chair. Below you can see some information about each of these roles.
My supervisory interests broadly cover media and cultural studies, popular music, cultural politics, and include practice-based research. You can get a sense of my specific interests by looking at my publications and projects elsewhere on this website. Do get in touch with serious ideas—I always respond to doctoral enquiries.
I have very few students at the moment—having moved a couple of years ago from one institution to another. So I am looking to build up a cohort of PhD students at University of East Anglia. Get in touch!
Current PhD students
Completions, and a glimpse of their careers
- Nahid Bashatah (Salford, 2016). The Representation of Saudi Women in the British Press. Dr Bashatah is a journalist and author working on and in the Saudi media world.
- Harvey Igben (Salford, 2016). Public Relations and Peace Negotiations in the Niger Delta. Dr Igben works in the Department of Mass Communication at Delta State University, Nigeria.
- Annabelle Waller (Salford, 2015). Meta-TV in Practice: A Study of the Re-Use of Television Texts Within Contemporary Television Programmes (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of reality television programmes as director / producer. Staff candidate). Dr Waller is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Production at University of Salford.
- Nick Katuszonek (Salford, 2014). Jazz, Pop, Improvisation, and the Role of the Contemporary Musician. Dr Katuszonek is an improvising drummer who has performed across the UK and Europe for the past 15 years. He is a Senior Lecturer in Drumkit at Leeds College of Music, and has been Visiting Lecturer at Stavanger Conservatoire.
- Lloyd Peters (Salford, 2014). Media Practice and New Approaches to Mise-en-Scène and Auteur Theory in Broadcast Radio (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of BBC Radio 4 plays as author + critical thesis. Staff candidate). Dr Peters is Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance at Salford.
- Deborah Gabriel (Salford, 2014). Blogging While Black and British: An Exploratory Study on the Use of Blogs as Social, Cultural and Counterhegemonic Practice. Dr Gabriel is a lecturer, researcher and journalist. She is founder of Black British Academics, as well as an Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. She took up a new post as a lecturer in marketing communications in the Media School at Bournemouth University in 2014.
- Tom Sykes (Salford, 2014). Jazz for the iPod Generation: Digital Media and Jazz in the UK. Dr Sykes is Lecturer in Music at Liverpool Community College. He is also a violinist and piano player.
- Everette Ndlovu (Salford, 2014). The Role of Diasporean Media in Facilitating Citizen Journalism and Political Awareness in Zimbabwe. Dr Ndlovu currently teaches media theory and production in several Manchester Further and Higher Education institutions.
- Mary Oliver (Salford, 2013). The Digital Performer: Performance, Technology, and New Performance Paradigms (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of live performances as performer + critical thesis. Staff candidate). Dr Oliver was Reader in Performance at Salford, and took up a new Chair as Head of Media at Manchester Metropolitan University shortly after her PhD viva. Now she is Dean of Media and Performance at the Arts University in Bournemouth.
- Ira Yusof (Salford, 2013). The English Premier League in Malaysia: The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Media Industry and Football Fandom. Dr Yusof is a lecturer in media at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
- Jack Harbord (Salford, 2012). The Minstrelising Discourse of 21st Century Rap Music (MPhil target award). Dr Harbord is Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies at Leeds College of Music, and recently completed a PhD at Salford developing his MPhil work, Representations of Blackface and Minstrelsy in 21st Century Popular Culture, which I co-supervised the early stages of prior to leaving Salford.
- Shara Rambarran (Salford, 2011). Innovations in Contemporary Popular Music and Digital Media, and Reconstructions of the Music Industry in the 21st Century. Dr Rambarran is currently Visiting Fellow, teaching popular music, culture and theory, at Queen’s University Canada’s UK campus, the Bader International Study Centre, Sussex. She is editor of Journal of the Art of Record Production, and co-editor of the collection Handbook of Music and Virtuality (Oxford University Press, 2015). This candidate, as well as Drs Smith, Spelman, and Peter below, I took over during the later stages of their PhDs when previous supervisors left Salford.
- Nicola Smith (Salford, 2010). Performing Fandom on the British Northern Soul Scene: Competition, Identity and the Post-subcultural Self. Dr Smith went on to be a Lecturer in Sociology and Popular Culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
- Nicola Spelman (Salford, 2009). All the Madmen: Anti-Psychiatry, Popular Music and the Myths of Madness. Dr Spelman is Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at Salford. A book drawing on her doctoral thesis, Popular Music and the Myths of Madness, was published by Ashgate.
- Beate Peter (Salford, 2009). Jung on the Dancefloor: The Phenomenology of Clubbing. Dr Peter is now a Lecturer in the Institute for Performance Research at Manchester Metropolitan University.
- Diane Fare (UCLan, 2002). The Edges of the Unsaid: Transgressive Practices in the Fiction of Kathy Acker. Dr Fare went on to be a Temporary Lecturer in English and American Studies at UCLan.
I have acted as external examiner for 15-20 PhD and research degree candidates, as follows.
- 2017: Literature, King’s College, University of London, on theory, ‘race’ and jazz (re-examination).
- 2016: Media Studies, UCLan, on underground press and poetry (MRes).
- 2016: Sociology/Media, King’s College, University of London, on politics of art activism.
- 2016: Media Practice, Plymouth University, on participatory film-making, and practice.
- 2015: Literature, King’s College, University of London, on theory, ‘race’ and jazz.
- 2014: Music, Durham University, on jazz composer and bandleader Mike Westbrook.
- 2013: Media Studies, University of West of England, on activist documentaries of 21st century.
- 2013: American and Canadian Studies, Nottingham University, on US counterculture.
- 2012: Music, Leeds University, on Burning Man and festival culture.
- 2009: American and Canadian Studies, Nottingham University, on American jazz and racial discourse.
- 2008: Sociology, University of Cardiff, on US counterculture and alternative media.
- 2004: Media Studies, University of Sussex, on Viv Stanshall and popular music constructions of English eccentricity.
- 2004: American and Canadian Studies, Nottingham University, on jazz in 1950s British film.
- 2002: Sociology, Monash University, Australia, on protest culture in contemporary Britain.
- 2000: American and Canadian Studies, Nottingham University, on monochrome media and advertising.
- 1998: Media Studies, Napier University, on alternative media in contemporary Britain.
- 1998: Sociology, Bristol University, on new travellers and the impact of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, 1994.
PhD internal examinerships/independent chairs
- 2016: Media (UEA)
- 2015: Media (UEA)
- 2013: Art and Design (and all below, Salford)
- 2012: Computing
- 2011: Computing
- 2011: Nursing
- 2009: Creative Technology
- 2009: Built and Human Environment (2)
- 2007: Popular Music.