Personal profile


Jackie Stacey is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of English, American Stdies and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. She holds a BA in European Studies from University of Sussex (1982), an MA in Women's Studies from the University of Kent (1985), and a doctorate from the University of Birmingham (1992). She worked in the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Women's Studies at Lancaster University from 1990 until 2007.

Research interests

My academic background is an interdisciplinary one, combining European Studies (Sussex), Womens Studies (Kent) and Cultural Studies (Birmingham). As well as being a co-editor of Screen, my publications include: Star Gazing: Female Spectators and Hollywood Cinema (1994); Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer (1997), The Cinematic Life of the Gene (2010) and (with Sarah Franklin and Celia Lury) Global Nature, Global Culture (2000). I have also co-edited a number of books, including Romance Revisited with Lynne Pearce (1995); Screen Histories: A Screen Reader with Annette Kuhn (1998); Thinking Through the Skin with Sara Ahmed (2001); Queer Screens with Sarah Street (2007) and, most recently, Writing Otherwise: Experiments in Cultural Criticism with Janet Wolff (2013).  

Running across my research interests (from the transnational modes of spectatorship in Hollywood cinema, queer film and video, the visualising technologies of medical science, and the genetic constructions of sexualised and racialised bodies in popular culture) has been a concern with changing formations of fantasy, processes of subjectivity and modes of embodiment. Starting from the premise that studying the cultural relations of power requires attention to the inextricability of psychic and social formations, I have been interested in the production of imaginary subjects through located cultural forms and the ways in which these limit particular political possibilities. Uniting these ongoing agendas has been a focus on the relationship between visibility and visualisation and forms of cultural intelligibility.


To date I have supervised over 20 PhD students. I am available to supervise interdisciplinary research on culture, film, gender, sexuality and embodiment.

Other teaching information

UG Teaching 

I teach a 3rd-year module called: Crossing Over with Tilda Swinton. I am also convenor for the 2nd-year course: Gender, Sexuality and the Body. 

PG Teaching

I am currently Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Culture MA . I also teach my own specialist option on that MA: "Queer Cinema and Beyond"

I have been the director of the annual Manchester Sexuality Summer School for MA and PhD students since 2007. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Creative Manchester


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