I have a background in Film and Media Studies, branching into my specialist interest in Animation in the mid-1990s. I have worked at the AUB since 2006, currently as Professor of Animation Studies. I served as President of the Society for Animation Studies (for five years, from 2010-2014); a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College (2009-2016); was the inaugural Festival Fellow of the Holland Animation Film Festival (2012); and a Visiting Professor in the School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2013).
My main research aim is to explore the interface between animation production cultures and a broad range of other cultural practices (including videogames, documentary/non-fiction filmmaking, computer-generated imagery, art and design); to investigate the convergence/dialectic between ‘animated’ and ‘live action’ media; to examine the history and theory of documentary practices, old and new.
My published work includes articles for the journals ‘animation: an interdisciplinary journal’, ‘Animation Journal’, and the ‘Historical Journal for Film, Radio and Television’, as well as numerous anthology essays. I am the Series Co-Editor (with Dr Caroline Ruddell, Brunel University) for Palgrave Animation, a major series of books dealing with animation theory and history.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in any area of animation, including:
I am also interested in supervising practice-based students in these fields or those who want to explore the changing role of technologies, communities of practice or theory-practice relationships.
My training as a Film and Media historian means I am also interested in proposals relating to film and media historiography more generally.
Supervision of PhD students
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Winner – Best Scholarly Article in Animation Studies