Ms Emily Faux


Emily is a PhD candidacy at Newcastle University, UK. Her thesis, Do Nukes go POP?, navigates contemporary nuclear culture - investigating the narratives, images, and discourses dominant in popular film, TV, and video game. Emily teaches within the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. She is a Contributor for HighlyNRiched, for which she has worked under a Ploughshares grant to create original and open-access teaching materials which center feminism in nuclear pedagogy. Emily was a mentee of the EU’s Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament program, through which she was invited to deliver the closing remarks at last year’s EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament annual conference. Emily was awarded a scholarship to study MA Political Communication, and graduated top of her BA International Relations cohort.

Research interests

My PhD thesis is titled ‘Do Nukes go POP?’. It utilises the Social Semiotic research method to understand how images and discourse in contemporary popular culture (film, TV, and video game) challenge, sustain, or produce narratives about nuclear weapons and war. 

My current research includes a critical deconstruction of Christopher Nolans’ Oppenheimer (2023), demonstrating the co-constituting relationship between popular culture and nuclear weapons. 


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  • PhD Newcastle University
  • Distinction MA Political Communication
  • First Class BA International Relations

Professional memberships

  • British International Studies Association
  • EU Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
  • Public Policy and Nuclear Threats – IGCC
  • HighlyNRiched Contributor

Student education

I presently teach COMM2910 Communication Research Methods and COMM2125 Visual Communication. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Visual communication
  • Popular Culture Research Network