Jonathan has been teaching media and cultural studies and film studies for nearly 20 years at various universities. He studied for his master’s degree in film at Southampton University and wrote his PhD thesis on Black British cinema at London Metropolitan University.
He lectures across the Communications and Media Programme. For BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures he focuses on a range of topics including media theory, visual cultural theory and issues of representation, nation and transnational cultural identities, film and cinema, audiences, spectatorship and immersion in ‘Gaming Culture’.
On MA Media Communications and Critical Practice, Jonathan examines the relationship between cinema, globalisation and nation. He also lectures on media institutions and approaches to researching media culture.
Jonathan’s main subject areas for PhD supervision currently include the interrelationship between gender and sexuality in contemporary cinema; postcolonial theory and theories of space; race and the sociology of racial communities and the construction of black identities and ethnicity and national identity.
As a theory-based academic he is very interested in the methodological issues involved in the supervision of practice-led research.
Jonathan’s research interests include postcolonial theory, film theory and theories of cultural identity. He has published on British cinema, race and representation and for a period wrote regularly for the magazine 'Red Pepper’.
He has recently finished research for publication on the film ‘Birth of a Nation’ and is also completing a co-authored report for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust on racial diversity in the UK film and television industries, which is due for publication in Autumn 2017.
Jonathan is also continuing to work on his project about Richard E. Norman drawing on archives at The University of Indiana, as part of an historical study of black film exhibition in the US in the early twentieth century.
View the BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Cultures course page.
View the MA Media Communications and Critical Practice course page.