Dr Beth Johnson

Dr Beth Johnson


I undertook my AHRC funded PhD at Lancaster University, completing in 2008. After this I worked briefly as Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Media at Liverpool Hope University before taking up post as Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Keele University. Over six and a half years at Keele I inaugurated successful undergraduate and postgraduate Film Studies degree programmes. I was awarded a 18 month Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2013 for a project on the transnational success and style of the television serial Shameless (Channel 4, 2004-2013; Showtime 2011- ), and became Programme Director of Film Studies on my return to work in summer 2014. I joined the University of Leeds in January 2016 taking up post as Associate Professor in Film and Media. I am the author of Paul Abbott (Manchester University Press, 2013) and I have published widely on screen representations of gender and class. I co-edited a dossier on English Television Stardom and Performing the North (with David Forrest, University of Sheffield) for Journal of Popular Television (2016, 4:2), and co-edited, again with Forrest, a book collection entitled Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). My latest co-edited collection, Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media (with Bentley and Zieleniec), was published by Palgrave in May 2018. 

I am currently working on a monograph entitled Class and Poverty on Popular Television: A Case for Change (E.U.P.), due for publication in 2023.

I am the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity lead/Co-I on the £6.4m Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) project, 2020-2022, and Chair of MeCCSA Women's Studies Media Network (2019- ).

I am an External Examiner for the University of Manchester, University of Sheffield and Leeds Trinity University.

Research interests

My main research interests concern representations of gender, social class, poverty and place on film and television. In particular, I have a strong interest in visual articulations of the North of England on screen. I am also engaged in research on activism, performance, emotion and politics.

I am co-convener of the Visual Media and Communication Research Group in the School of Media and Communication. 

Across 2018-19, I led and convened the Sadler Seminar Series 'The Performance of Political Feeling', funded by the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute: https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/leeds-arts-humanities-research-institute/doc/performance-political-feeling. My co-conveners were: Professor Stephen Coleman, Dr Kim Allen and Dr Philip Kiszely. 

A selection of recent press interviews include:


http://www.electionanalysis.uk/uk-election-analysis-2019/section-8-personality-politics-and-popular-culture/tune-in-turn-away-drop-out-emotionality-and-the-decision-not-to-stand/ (with Dr Katy Parry)







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  • PhD
  • MA (Distinction)
  • BA (Hons)

Professional memberships

  • SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies)
  • MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association)
  • BAFTSS (British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies)
  • PSA (Political Studies Association)
  • RTS (Royal Television Society)
  • Chair of MeCCSA Women's Studies Network
  • ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association)

Student education

I lead the modules:

COMM3899 Social Issues on Screen

COMM3805 Script Project

COMM2566 Screen Fiction

Research groups and institutes

  • Gender
  • Visual Media and Communication

Current postgraduate researchers

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