I am Professor of Media History and Theory in the School of Media, Film and Music where I am also the Director of Doctoral Studies, and Convenor of the MA in Media and Cultural Studies.
I teach a range of modules on media history and theory across both the MA and BA programmes, as well as offering MA and PhD supervision.
I have published widely, including two monographs, the latest of which is Listening Publics: The Politics and Experience of Listening in the Media Age (Polity: 2013)
My teaching and research reflect my interests in History, Politics and Communications. My first degree was in European Studies (German and Politics) at Queen Mary College, University of London, spending a year abroad at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. I did my PhD in German History at Liverpool, under the supervision of Prof. Eve Rosenhaft, on the history of women's radio in Germany during the Weimar Republic and Third Reich, again studying for a year in Berlin, at the Technische Universitaet.
This research was published as Feminine Frequencies: Gender, German Radio and the Public Sphere, 1923-1945(University of Michigan Press, 1996). Its argument about the constitutive role of gender in the development of broadcasting continues to resonate widely in the fields of radio studies and German cultural history. It addressed the role of the media in times of political transition and offered a historically grounded critique of public sphere theory.
I have worked at Sussex since 1992, teaching media at first in the School of European Studies, then in the School of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies and the School of Humanities and now in the School of Media, Film and Music. I was Head of Media from 2005-2012.