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Steve joined Northumbria University in 2010. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences. He is also Adjunct Research Professor in Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa).

From 2011 - 2016 he was programme leader for the degree programme BA (Hons) Media, Culture and Society. In 2016-17 he was programme leader for the BA (Hons) Mass Communication programmes, and link tutor for the MSc Mass Communication Management (London campus). Since 2018, he has been Head of Subject for the Media and Languages Programmes at Northumbria University, and is acting as external examiner for University of East London.

Steve previously taught in the School of Film, Media and Music, University of Sussex (2006-2010).

PhD Supervision and Examination

Steve is currently supervising a PhD on the attenuation of violence against animals in popular children’s feature films, the socio-technological implications of found footage horror films, and how cultural fears about technology, sex, and violence are reflected via snuff fiction. He has previously supervised PhDs on the concept of violence (broadly conceived), Gamergate and the new backlash against feminism, and postfeminism in female ensemble television drama. Steve has examined PhDs on captivity in contemporary American Horror cinema, intermediality in contemporary American independent film, and spirituality in Thai TV horror-drama

Steve welcomes PhD applications in the areas of horror film, pornography, gendered and sexual violence, and film-philosophy (particularly morality or the philosophy of mind).

Examples of Modules Taught

Student-Led Teaching Awards

Institutional Experience

Steve is currently a member of the departmental REF Internal review panel, and Northumbria’s representative for the Media arm of the Northern Bridge Doctoral training scheme. He has previously been a member of the Faculty subject level TEF pilot study, the Faculty Research and Innovation Committee, the Faculty Programme Approvals and Review Sub-Committee, the Faculty Ethics Committee, the Faculty Enhancement Board, and the Departmental Quality Committee. He has also acted as co-Lead of the Department Ethics Committee, and chair of the Departmental Technology Enhanced Learning committee.

Steve completed Northumbria’s Leadership and Management training programme in 2016. He also co-led the Mass Communication Programme revalidation in 2015.

Peer Review

Steve has acted as a peer reviewer for journals such as Cultural Politics, Feminist Media Studies, Gender & Society, Participations, Porn Studies, The Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Mosaic, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Journal of Popular Television, New Review of Film and Television Studies,  European Journal of American Culture, and Sexualities. Steve has also peer reviewed monographs, proposals, text-books and chapters for numerous publishers, including Bloomsbury, Edinburgh University Press, IB Tauris, McFarland, Palgrave-Macmillan, Routledge, Rowman and Littlefield, SAGE, and Taylor & Francis.

Examples of Consultation and Public Engagement Activity

Examples of Recent Invited Lectures and Conference Papers