Cinema and Television History Research Institute members

Professor Justin Smith, Director of the Cinema and Television History Institute

Leicester Media School
Clephan Building, 3.06b
The Gateway

T: +44 (0)116 257 7813

Post-war British cinema and television, popular and traditional music, cultural identity and popular memory, family history, the cultural industries, UK film policy and censorship.

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Dr Monia Acciari, Associate Professor in Cinema and Television History and Associate Director, UK Asian Film Festival, Leicester (UKAFF)
T: +44 (0) 116 201 3993
Transnational and World Cinema, Film Festivals, Bollywood, Indian Cinemas, Representation of race and ethnicities.

Dr Vicky Ball, Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Television History
T: +44 (0)116 201 3809
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Women’s film and television history, television drama.

Professor Steve Chibnall, Professor of British Cinema and Director of Archives
T: +44 (0) 116 257 7320
British Cinema History, 1960s and the counterculture, star studies, film publicity.

Dr Pier Ercole, Associate Professor in Film Studies
T: +44 (0) 116 207 8461
Silent and European cinema, film exhibition
Co-Investigator AHRC funded project: European Cinema Audiences 

Peter Kramer, Senior Research Fellow in Cinema and Television History
contemporary Hollywood, American film history, Hollywood's global dimensions, blockbusters, stars,  Stanley Kubrick, Lucas & Spielberg, Buster Keaton

Ulrike Kubatta, Associate Professor in Film and Media Practice
T: +44 (0) 0116 366 4332
Director of DocHub@DMU

Professor Claire Monk, Professor of Film and Film Culture and CATHI Director of the Centre for Adaptations
T: +44 (0) 116 257 7385
British cinema, heritage film, cultural politics of film reception, audiences, fan culture, adaptation, class, gender and sexuality, Merchant Ivory Productions, E. M. Forster across media

Laraine Porter, Reader in Cinema History, Deputy Director of CATHI, Institute Head of Research Students
T: +44 (0) 116 257 7995
Silent cinema, film exhibition

Dr James Russell, Head of the Leicester Media School
T: +44 (0) 116 207 8257
American cinema history, social history of cinema

Dr Ellen Wright, Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Television History
T: +44 (0) 116 257 7984
Star studies, material cultures, the representation of gender and sexuality, classical Hollywood/British responses to classical Hollywood, photography and film, censorship, taste cultures, cult film, affect and cinema, costuming.

Professor Emeritus Tim O’Sullivan, British cinema and television history

Visiting Professor Julian Petley (Brunel University), Principal Editor of the Journal of British Cinema and Television (EUP)

Visiting Professor Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England), British Cinema and Television. Media Industry/Production Studies (especially the role of the producer), stars and stardom, gender and masculinities.

Cross-faculty associate members of CATHI:

Associate Research Fellows

The CATH Research Institute has also appointed a number of Associate Research Fellows, who are independent scholars with established links to our research:

  • Dr Deborah Allison - Film programmer and writer
  • Geoff Brown  - Film critic, music critic and film historian
  • Richard Dacre - Film and theatre historian
  • Dr Stephen Glynn – Film historian
  • Marcus Hearn - Film-maker, writer, publisher and Hammer’s Official Historian
  • Jane Giles - Film distributor, exhibitor and writer
  • Professor Pat Kirkham – Design historian 
  • Jonathan Rigby - Actor, film-maker, writer
  • Dr Clare Watson – Director of the Media Archive for Central England (MACE)
  • Dr Sophia Satchell-Baeza - Film historian and writer