I worked full-time in the media and later the academy while studying part-time for my MA (Communication, Culture and Society) (1992) and my PhD (Communication) (2000) from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Prior to arriving in the academy, I worked in adult education, radio and television. While studying for my PhD part-time, I taught media and cultural studies at four universities across Greater London, UK.
The main focus of my research at present is in 3 areas: (1) “1979: ‘Structure of Feeling’, Thatcherism, and the Role of Cultural Production in the Making of an Era” focuses on the role of grassroots cultural production in the process of people’s experiences of a particular time; (2) ‘Media Activism’ is a project identifying the growing interest, experiments and issues affecting ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) media and media activism; and (3) ‘Working-Class Scholars and the Academy’ which identifies, analyzes and theorizes the experience of academics from the working class and the growing precariousness of work within the university.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of alternative media; strategic communications; social, political and economic campaigns; music and social movements; documentary (film, video, radio); politics of popular culture; politics of cultural production; cultural democracy; cultural materialism and Raymond Williams; radical journalism and rhetoric; news media; political communication; print media and culture; ephemera (e.g. graffiti, leaflets, pamphlets, posters, zines).
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