Laura Minor


I am a PhD student in the School of Media and Communication, fully funded by a WRoCAH studentship (Arts & Humanities Research Council). My PhD project, 'Reclaiming Female Authorship in British Television Comedy, 2010-2016', engages with a genre that needs further attention in feminist television studies – the British TV comedy. There has been a veritable explosion of female-centred and female-authored comedies in the British televisual landscape, but, as a relatively new phenomenon, this area has yet to adequately be examined. As such, my PhD project fills this critical gap and examines four case studies from this period – the oeuvres of Julia Davis, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michaela Coel, and Caitlin Moran – and addresses four significant research questions:

  • How do these women comedy writers create their own textual practices and ‘brand’ of comedy in contemporary Britain?
  • What can this new female-authored comedy tell us about contemporary life and its everyday representation?
  • What key changes have taken place in Britain from 2010 to 2016 and what do they reveal about gender, comedy, and female authorship in the television industry?
  • Why has female-authored comedy become more prominent in the 2010s?

Alongside my PhD research, I currently teach on the first year module "Introduction to Cinema" with Dr Tracey Mollett.

Research interests

My main research interests concern representations of feminism, gender, comedy, class, and emotion on film and television - particularly in an Anglo-American context. More specifically, I specialise in TV studies and the complexities surrounding contemporary, feminised, and 'quality' television.


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Minor, LJ., (forthcoming). Michaela Coel's Chewing Gum: Surreal Comedic Excess in Tower Hamlets. This Country: UK Comedy Cultures. 

Johnson BL, Minor LJ., 2018. Shameless Television: Gendering Transnational Narratives. Feminist Media Studies. doi:10.1080/14680777.2018.1468795.


Minor, LJ., 2019. Julia Davis: Reclaiming Female Authorship in British Television Comedy, paper presented at the Overlooked Women in Film and Television, 14th June, De Montfort University.

Minor, LJ., 2018. The Disruptive Properties of Michaela Coel's Chewing Gum (E4, 2015-2017), paper presented at the Comedy and Power Conference (Mixed Bill), 9/10th November, Sheffield Hallam University.


  • MRes in Film/TV Studies (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) in Film Studies/English Literature