As a film scholar trained in cultural analysis, my research expertise resides in expressions of religion and of gender and sexuality in popular culture in an international and transnational context, specifically Hollywood cinema and its global reach. As a teacher, my outlook is similarly international: I have ample experience teaching in the mixed classroom at BA and MA levels as well as developing curriculum.
My background and research is committed to studying culture in all its forms, with a close connection to contemporary cultural debates. My research deals with the question of how contemporary audio-visual culture takes up and transforms themes, objects and figures from a religious context into a popular, secular context. I am a key contributor to the international debate around the need to adopt close textual analysis, specifically attention to film form, as part of analytical practice. Engaging with scholars from disciplines outside of media studies or film studies, such as religion studies and biblical studies, is a vital part of my research.