Dr Tracey Mollet


Having completed both my BA and MA in Modern History before joining the School of Media and Communication, I came to this discipline from a very different background to many of the other research staff in the department. For my PhD, I combined my passion for History with my love for animation, researching the ideology of the animated shorts of the Disney and Schlesinger Studios in the 1930s and 1940s.

I used a combination of archival research and content analysis to uncover the ways in which the cartoon shorts provided a commentary on the Great Depression, including social conditions, political debates and the international situation. My current research is centred around Disney fairy tales and their connection to the American dream. I am also fascinated by complex serial narratives in television, specifically the Duffer Brothers Netflix series Stranger Things.



  • Undergraduate Tutor
  • Admissions Tutor for the BA in Communication and Media

Research interests

  • Disney animation
  • Warner Brothers animation
  • Depression culture and its impact on film
  • Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, James Gunn
  • WW2 and Hollywood film
  • Fairy tales on film and in television
  • Contemporary US serial narratives (Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, Dexter, Lost)
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Professional memberships

  • FHEA

Current postgraduate researchers

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