I have a B.A. in History from the University of Cambridge. I also have a M.A. in United States: History and Politics from University College London (UCL), where I was placed on the Dean's List for academic excellence and outstanding performance. I am currently a PGR at the University of Manchester, focusing on American Film History and American Politics.
My research interests are Film and Politics in the U.S. My current focus is on the relationship between Hollywood, gender and conservatism in the U.S. and the role of film and gender in generating anti-establishment politics. My research is currently focused on reassessing this process through the films of Goldie Hawn, an effective and prominent star-producer of the eighties. This also encompasses interests relating to the spread of neo-conservatism and the New Right in the lead-up to the presidency of Ronald Reagan in the later twentieth-century. My current research is supervised by Prof. Ian Scott and Prof. Eithne Quinn.
My previous research focused on classical Hollywood, the star system it established and its relationship to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt during both the Great Depression and the Second World War.
I am also interested in broader approaches to the U.S. presidency as a form of moral-leadership, especially related to the moral-leadership and rhetoric of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan.
Prizes and awards
Santander Travel Grant (2016) - Funded research trip to archives at UCLA and Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles whilst studying at the University of Cambridge.
UCL Travel Grant (2019) - Funded research trip to archives in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in New York and Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles.
Dean's List (2019) - Awarded by UCL for academic excellence and outstanding performance.
U.S. Embassy Busary (2022) - Awarded by the U.S. Embassy to attend 2022 BAAS conference.
Postgraduate Travel Award (2022) - Awarded by University of Manchester to colloborate with the Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles.
Activities and esteem
- I was a member of the core team who organised the international UCL Americas Research Network (ResNet) Fifth Annual Conference in 2019, where I chaired two ninety-minute panels (National Security in the Twenty-First Century and Race, State and Institutions) and organised the podcast recording of the event.
- I attended the BAAS conference in Hull in April 2022.
- I presented the paper 'How Hollywood became the Enemy: Constructions of the Women of Hollywood (1980-1989)' at the SALC work-share event in May 2022.
- I am the Vice-President and Secretary of the American Studies PGR Society. We founded this society to complement the American Studies PGR experience at the University and to build a community of students through academic pursuits, well-being sessions and social events.
- I was the lead organiser and administrator of the Manchester American Studies Workshare Conference for PGRs across the Manchester area in February 2023.
- I presented the paper “‘Don’t call me stupid’: Femininity in the construction of the Female Star-Producer in the 1980s” at the BAAS conference in Keele in 2023.
- I was a member of a roundtable on 'American Space' at the BAAS conference in Keele in 2023, where I presented the paper 'Reclaiming space in the re-emergence of the Romantic Comedy (1980-1993)'.
I am currently a PG researcher at the University of Manchester based in the American Studies department. I am researching the relationship between Hollywood, gender and conservatism in the U.S. My research is currently focused on reassessing the discourses between Hollywood and conservative gender norms during the 1980s, re-evaluating the 'backlash thesis' and the conservative attachment to the 'politics of the Establishment'. I am currently looking at the reception of the authorship, production role, and stardom of Goldie Hawn - an effective and prominent star-producer of the eighties.
I also focus on topics relating to Hollywood and Politics, Film Studies, neo-conservatism and the New Right in the later twentieth-century and the U.S. presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan.
- I am currently teaching on the course From Reconstruction to Reagan: American History, 1877-1988.
Between April and June 2023 I ran World War Two workshops for KS2 students for IntoUniversity on behalf of the UOM.
Master of Arts, United States Studies: History and Politics, University College London (UCL)
Sept 2018 → Sept 2019
Award Date: 23 Sept 2019
Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Cambridge
Oct 2014 → Jul 2017
Award Date: 1 Jul 2017
Areas of expertise
- E151 United States (General)
- New Right
- gender and sexuality studies
- E11 America (General)
- New Right
- gender and sexuality studies
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