Involvement in the CATH Institute is open to any member of De Montfort University’s staff who is actively researching in the fields of cinema and television history, and to invited Associate Research Fellows (3 year tenure).


Director: Professor Justin Smith
Cinema and Television History

Deputy Director: Professor Ian Hunter
Genre and cult film, literary adaptation

Monia Acciari
Early Career Academic Fellow in Film Studies

Dr Vicky Ball
Women’s film and television history, television drama

Geoff Brown
Cinema history, film music

Dr Alissa Clarke
Performance studies, classical Hollywood, gender theory

Dr Andrew Clay
Moving image and digital technology, crime films

Dr Pierluigi Ercole
Silent and European cinema, film exhibition

Dr Stuart Hanson
History and policy of film exhibition in Britain

Dr Matthew Jones
Film and television audiences, genre and cult film and television

Professor Jason Lee
Screenwriting, horror films, children on screen

Professor Claire Monk  
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

Professor (emeritus) Tim O’Sullivan
British cinema and television history

Dr. Elinor Parsons
Shakespear on screen, adaptation, film and ballet

Laraine Porter
Silent cinema, film exhibition

Dr James Russell
American cinema history, social history of cinema

Dr Paul Smith
Broadcasting policy, sport and television

Professor Justin Smith
Post-war British cinema, television and popular music, production, exhibition and reception practices, cult film fandom and stardom, cultural identity and popular memory, family history, the cultural industries, UK film policy, censorship. 

Dr Ellen Wright
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.

Visiting Professor

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

Associate Research Fellows

The CATH Research Institute has eight Associate Research Fellows, independent scholars with established links to the CATH Centre:

  • Dr Deborah Allison- Film programmer and writer
  • Dr Alan Burton- Lecturer and writer
  • Richard Dacre- Film and theatre historian
  • Dr Stephen Glynn- Teacher and writer
  • Marcus Hearn- Film-maker, writer, publisher and Hammer’s Official Historian
  • Professor Barry Jordan- Retired Professor of European cinema
  • Jonathan Rigby- Actor, film-maker, writer
  • Dr Clare Watson- Film historian and website co-ordinator
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