Dr Rhys Steven Jones


I am currently working as a Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at the University of Leeds, having previously worked as a lecturer at Birkbeck and Liverpool John Moores University. My PhD thesis (which passed without corrections) maps the dynamics of socio-cultural abjection against their political-economic determinants and effects through close formal analyses of critical theory and contemporary cinema. I have an article on abjection in horror cinema forthcoming in LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory and have recently published an entry on ‘Racial Capitalism’ for The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.

Research interests

My research spans a range of literary and cinematic texts, including but not limited to:

  • the writings of H.P Lovecraft
  • post-war science-fiction (William Golding; Samuel R. Delany; Ursula K. Le Guin; J. G. Ballard)
  • Gothic fiction and film
  • 19th century US narratives of slavery
  • twentieth and twenty-first century American cinema (A Birth of A Nation, Night of the Living Dead, It Follows)
  • and a range of post-millennial fiction (Never Let me Go; Citizen; the short stories of Carmen Maria Machado, Petra Kuppers and Claire Coleman).

My current research project maps the dynamics of socio-cultural abjection against their political-economic determinants and effects through close formal analyses of critical theory, twentieth-century fiction and contemporary world cinema.

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Student education

I am currently teaching undergraduate modules on topics including: introduction to film studies, directing world cinema, critical approches to screen studies, post-war European cinema, final year projects, and postgraduate modules on film arts and industries, independent projects and dissertations.


  • MODL1800: Introduction to Film Studies II – Module Convenor (1st-year UG 2022/23)
  • MODL1900: Directing World Cinemas – Lecturer (1st-year UG 2022/23)
  • MODL2055: Critical Approaches to Screen Studies - Lecturer (2nd-year UG 2022/23)
  • MODL2230: From Film Noir to Asia Extreme: Questioning Genre in World Cinemas - Lecturer (2nd-year UG 2022/23)
  • MODL3027: Post-war European Cinema – Module Convenor (3rd-year UG 2022/2023)
  • MODL3300: Final Year Project (Dissertation) - Supervisor (3rd-year UG 2022/2023)
  • MODL5620M: Film Arts and Industries - Lecturer (MA 2022/2023)
  • MODL5630M: MA Independent Project / Dissertation – Module Convenor and Supervisor (MA 2022/23)
  • MODL5640M: Film Programming for Venues and Streaming: Curation in the Digital Age – Lecturer (MA 2022/23)

Before joining the department at Leeds I worked at Birkbeck, where I was the programme director for their MA Contemporary Literature and Culture, and prior to that I worked as a lecturer in film studies at the Liverpool Screen School.