- PhD in Film, Media and Cultural Studies: ‘Selfhood as Instance of Horror: Ontology,
Ideology and Narratives of Body-Terror’, University of Sussex
- MA (Hons) Modern Literature, University of Leicester (Distinction)
- BA (Hons) English, University of Leicester (First class)
- Editorial Board Member of Porn Studies journal
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Steve is also a member of:
- Society For Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Scholarly Interest Group in Film-Philosophy,
Horror Studies, and Adult Cinema History
- British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS) Special Interest
Groups in Film and Philosophy and Screening Sex
- Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
- The Screening Sex Network
- The Onscenity research group
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
Steve previously taught in the School of Film, Media and Music, University of Sussex
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
Examples of Modules Taught
- Level 3: Media and Society
- Level 4: Media Studies; Cultural Studies; Approaches to Media and Culture; Concepts,
Culture and Society; Issues in Film Studies.
- Level 5: Culture and Society; Understanding Though Media; Media Spaces; Theory Taste
and Trash; Researching Media and Film; Placement module
- Level 6: Media Dissertation; Media and Morality; Hollywood Industry and Imaginary;
Animation; Contemporary British Cinema.
- Level 7: Media Postgraduate Dissertation.
Student-Led Teaching Awards
- Won Best Supervisor (2014).
- Nominated for Best Lecturer (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), Best Welfare Support
(2014), and Best Supervisor (2013, 2017).
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.
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
- Script editor, translator and writer for Necrostorm Films
- Done to Death: The Sl;asher Cycle, invited public lecture, Kurja Polt Film Festival,
Slovenia, 12th April 2019
- La Petite Mort: Sex and Death in Hardcore Horror, invited public lecture, Offscreen
Film Festival, 23rd March 2019
- Cut & Run: A Brief History of the Slasher Film, invited public lecture, Abertoir
Film Festival, 15th November 2018
- Wild Justice: Revenge in Contemporary American Film, invited public lecture, Kurja
Polt Film Festival, Slovenia, 20th April 2018
- Masterclass with Fabrice du Welz, Kurja Polt Film Festival, Slovenia, 19th April
- Invited member of Delphi panel for ‘Pornography’s effects on audiences’ project,
funded by the Australian Research Council
- Torture Porn as Political Allegory, invited public lecture, Kurja Polt Film Festival,
Slovenia, 21st April 2017.
- Masterclass with Christina Lindberg, Kurja Polt Film Festival, Slovenia, 20th April
- Remembering the Deuce, invited public lecture, Abertoir Film Festival, 20th November
- Grindhouse in the Digital Age, invited public lecture, Offscreen film Festival, Brussels,
12th March 2016.
- Hard Body, Cold Heart: The Body in 80s Action Cinema, invited public lecture, Offscreen
film Festival, Brussels, 14th March 2015.
- Porn Laid Bare symposium, invited consultant, Terence Higgins Trust/University of
Sussex, 1st August 2012.
- La Jetee and Twelve Monkeys: Time Travel Narratives, Memory and Human Drama. Guest
Lecture, Tyneside Cinema (ScienceFest), March 2011.
Examples of Recent Invited Lectures and Conference Papers
- Women in Horror: Moving Beyond Misogyny, invited seminar speaker, Coventry University.
- Grindigital: The Ghost of Grindhouse Present, Global Exploitation Cinemas: Historical
and Critical Approaches, Lincoln University.
- Torture Born: Representing Pregnancy and Abortion in Contemporary Survival Horror,
invited seminar speaker, University of Sunderland.
- A View to a Kill: Perspectives on Pseudo-Snuff and Self. The Cultural Mythology of
the Snuff Film, Bournemouth University.
- How far can you go?: Ethics and Transgression. Invited keynote, University of Derby/Higher
- Torture/Porn before “Torture Porn”. Guest Lecture, De Montfort University.