• Who am I?

    Who am I?

    I am an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in critical analyses of gender, race/queerness and technology both as mediated representations and as relating to embodied digital practices of everyday life. Looking at various international contexts, both my research and reseach-led teaching activities span across a broad range of areas in media and cultural studies (e.g. film, music, television, gaming, anime/manga, advertising, social networking). I have published on a wide range of subjects within media, popular, digital and cultural studies. Currently, my main research focuses on Japanese identity and transnational visual cultures. My collaborative research looks the politics of digital refusal. I am passionate about teaching/learning and research as ways to engage critically with theory, practice, ourselves and our increasingly mobile, digitised and mediated world.

    Why do I teach?

    One of the joyous aspects of life is to share with others - ideas, thoughts, skills, experiences, knowledge, laughter, tears, images, music, food and so on - and the very act of communicating with others enriches our understanding of ourselves and the way the world works. Teaching is part of this collective sharing, and I love to teach because I love to learn.

    Words of wisdom

    Enjoy your time at University and make full use of the resources available to you - at no time in your life will you be offered so much support and attention; have readily available access to useful courses, services, information and people; and have the chance to learn, share, interact and experience life together with so many other people. Live University to the full!

    How I’ll teach you

    I am a very audio-visual/media-oriented person so most likely, I will incorporate these into my teaching activities: these are there for you to engage with, and to make you think about how ideas become digitised and mediated in our world.

    I have never believed in the format of teacher-talks-at and students-as-one-group-listen-to for the entirety of a given seminar/lecture. Instead, I believe that talking and listening should be practiced together, where learning is a collective activity. Learning about your individual experiences, thoughts, backgrounds; being shown a clip or a piece of work....these are what make each and every seminar/lecture unique!

  • Academic Biography

    Academic and professional qualifications

    2007 PhD Gender and Women’s Studies, Lancaster University
    2002 MA Women's Studies, University of York
    2000 BA English and Related Literature, University of York
    1997 Fine Art (Foundation), Camberwell College of Arts


    2011 Preparing to Teach in Lifelong Learning Sector, Blackburne House


    English, Spanish, Japanese

  • Teaching & Research Supervision

    Undergraduate courses

    Digital Living: Social Media and Mobile Technologies in a Globalised World

    Information and Communications Portfolio

    People, Communications and Media Industries

    Creative Digital Media Production

    Technology, Audiences and Globalisation

    Media Making

    Postgraduate teaching

    Digital Interactions and Behaviour

    Digital Living: Social Media, Mobile Technologies and Everyday Life

  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    Forthcoming – Peer-reviewed
    (2017) The Gendered Motorcycle: Representations in Society, Media and Popular Culture. London and New York: I.B. Tauris.
    (2017) Mancunian Pride: The City, Lesbian and Gay Culture, and Local Music-Making Practices. In D.Scott, R.Cowgill and D.Russell (eds.) Music and the Idea of the North. New York and London: Routledge.
    (2018) Paradoxes of Digital Dis/engagement (with Dr. Adi Kuntsman). Preparing submission for, New Media and Society Journal.

    Published – Peer-reviewed
    (2016) Politicising Motorcycles: racialised capital of technology, techno-Orientalism and Japanese spatio-temporality. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 2(2).
    (2015) Deleuzian motorcycle: Towards a Theory of Motorcycles and the Other. International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, 11(1). 
    (2014) Coming Out with Music: from Gay Subculture to Queer Culture. Manchester Region History Review Journal, Vol 25, pp. 107-125
    (2014) Why is Hepburn so ‘Audrey’? In J. Miller (Ed.), Fan Phenomena Series: Audrey Hepburn. Bristol and Chicago: Intellect Ltd and Chicago UP. Pp. 30–37
    (2013) Across the Universe. In J.Conolly and C.Whelan (Eds.), World Film Locations: Liverpool. Bristol and Chicago: Intellect Ltd and Chicago UP. p.110
    (2013) Captain America. In J.Conolly and C.Whelan (Eds.), World Film Locations: Liverpool. Bristol and Chicago: Intellect Ltd and Chicago UP. p.120
    (2013) Queering Ethnography: Dialogues between Music and Queer Theory. Transposition: Musique et Sciences Sociales, 3. http://transposition.revues.org/150
    (2008) Kuntsman, A. and Miyake, E (Eds.) Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/Raciality. York: Raw Nerve Books
    (2008) The Voice of Silence: Interrogating the Sound of Queerness/Raciality. In A.Kuntsman and E.Miyake (Eds.), Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/Raciality. York: Raw Nerve Books.
    (2004) My, is that Cyborg a little Queer? Journal of International Women’s Studies, 5(2), pp. 53–61.
    Other research outputs
    (2016) A digital future for children? Parenting for a Digital Future. LSE. 
    (2016) ‘Paradoxes of Digital dis/engagement: a follow up study (businesses and services).’ (with Dr. Adi Kuntman) Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+ Vol.7 
    (2015) Paradoxes of Digital dis/engagement: Final Report (with Dr. Adi Kuntsman) in, Working Papers of the Communities & Culture Network+, Vol 6. 
    (2015) Review, Digital Militarism: Israel’s Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age. In, Dark Matter Journal.
    (2006) Review, Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology. In, Sexualities, 9, pp. 501–503.
    (2003) Review, Compositional Subjects: Enfiguring Asian/American women. In, Feminist Theory Journal, 4. Pp. 374–375.