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  • Professor Karen Boyle

    Karen Boyle is Director of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies and the only Professor of Feminist Media Studies in the UK.

     Karen has an MA in Women’s Studies (Applied) from the University of Bradford and conducted her PhD research on violence, gender and representation in mainstream cinema at the Violence, Abuse and Gender Relations Research Unit, also at Bradford. Her first academic post was as a Lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, after which she moved to the University of Glasgow where she was Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies before joining the University of Stirling in February 2013.

     She has continued to maintain a research interest in violence, gender and representation, focusing more recently on pornography and the sexualisation of culture. Karen is also interested in questions of gender and genre, and female authorship, particularly in cinema. A list of selected publications can be found here:

     Karen is Director of the postgraduate programme in Gender Studies (Applied) and contributes to the core courses Understanding Gender and Feminist Research, as well as co-ordinating the Gender Studies Research Placement. She is an experienced supervisor of PhD students and welcomes new applications in the broad areas of feminist film, television and media studies; pornography and sexuality; gendered violence and representation; audience research and genre studies.

     Karen has been a member of the Board of Directors of the feminist anti-violence organisation the Women’s Support Project for more than a decade, and is a member of the University of Stirling’s Equality Action Forum.

  • Dr Dee Amy-Chinn

    Dee's work on gender began when, as a civil servant in the Department of Employment, she held a range of posts in which she specialized in issues of equality and diversity.  After a number of years working on government training programmes and in Whitehall she returned to higher education when she studied for an M.Sc. in Gender, Society and Culture at Birkbeck College, University of London, going on to complete a PhD at Royal Holloway. As an academic her work has developed along two strands.  The first has been a series of articles on the representation of gender and sexuality in popular culture, the second a series of more straightforwardly theoretical articles that used her interdisciplinary background to draw together different stands of gender theory with the intention of making new and interesting connections, and allowing disciplines to think differently about what it means to be man/woman, male/female, masculine/feminine.  As an extension of her academic work, Dee has contributed to national and local fora. She has appeared on Radio 4's Thinking Allowed programme and was a frequent contributor to BBC Radio Oxford. Since coming to Stirling she has spoken on the role of feminism in today's world as part of Imagine Alloa, and at events linked to International Women's Day.

     Being a lifelong feminist, and having taught a number of modules on gender and sexuality, Dee was keen to see Stirling harness its range of expertise on gender and develop as a centre of excellence for those who wanted undertake advanced study on gender and sexuality and - with Alison Jasper - she initiated the MLitt/MSc in Gender Studies.  Sadly Dee retired on health grounds just as the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies was established, but she continues to take an interest in the issues it addresses.

  • Dr Alison Jasper
    • Alison Jasper is a Lecturer in Religion in the Division of Literature and Languages. Coming originally from a background in secondary teaching (Religious Education, PGCE, University of Durham) her doctoral work at Glasgow University focused on feminist interpretation and the biblical and Christian theological sources of contemporary western attitudes towards gender.
    • At Stirling she is part of a dynamic research initiative in Critical Religion that seeks critically to examine the discourse of ‘religion’ as a category in contemporary global cultures.
    • A recent monograph, Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius continues to address the theme of Christianity’s problematic relationship with modern feminisms and she is also involved in funded research into ‘religion’ and gender in schools and other educational spaces.
    • As a lecturer in Religion, her undergraduate teaching is frequently angled towards considerations of gender(s) (Religion and Gender; The Feminine Divine in Christianity; Christianity and the Body).
    • She is an experienced supervisor of PhD students and welcomes new applications in the broad areas of feminist theology, thealogy/Goddess, gender and critical religion, French feminism and feminist philosophy.
    • With Dee Amy-Chinn, she co-founded the postgraduate programme in Gender Studies (Applied) and contributes to the core course, Key Feminist Texts.
    • She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for Stirling and District Women’s Aid an organization dedicated to supporting women and children who face intimate partner/parental violence, and she has acted as a consultant to the Church of Scotland’s current campaign to address violence against women.
  • Professor Gill McIvor

    Gill McIvor is Professor of Criminology in the School of Applied Social Science and Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. Her research has focused on women in the criminal justice system, with particular interest in women’s experiences of punishment - especially community penalties – and processes of criminalization and desistance. Her recent publications include ‘Women, Punishment and Social Justice: Human Rights and Penal Practices’ (Routledge 2012 co-edited with Margaret Malloch) and ‘Working  with Women Offenders in the Community’ (Willan, 2011 co-edited with Rosemary Sheehan and Chris Trotter). She is a member of the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Gender and Justice and the British Society of Criminology Network on Women, Crime and Criminal Justice.

  • Dr Elizabeth Anderson

    I hold a B.A in English from Kenyon College in Ohio (2001), a MLitt in Modernities from the University of Glasgow (2007) and a PhD in Literature, Theology and the Arts and English Literature from the University of Glasgow (2011). I was an Honorary Research Associate with Literature, Theology and the Arts in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow from 2011 to 2013 and University Teacher in English at the University of Glasgow in 2013. I came to Stirling as an Impact Fellow in 2013.

    My research involves twentieth-century women’s writing, feminist theory (with particular emphasis on Hélène Cixous) and feminist theology. I have additional interests in gender analysis and religion in children’s literature. I am currently working on a project titled ‘The Spiritual Life of Things’. The project examines the relationship between things, spirituality, domesticity and public space in the work of four modernist women writers: Virginia Woolf, Mary Butts, H.D. and Gwendolyn Brooks.

    I am the author of H.D. and Modernist Religious Imagination (Bloomsbury 2013) and have published articles on H.D., T.S. Eliot, Mary Butts and Hélène Cixous in Women: a cultural review, Literature and Theology and Christianity and Literature. I am a member if the International Society for Literature, Religion and Culture, The British Association for Modernist Studies (BAMS) and the Scottish Network of Modernist Studies (SNoMS).

  • Dr Katharina Lindner

    Katharina Lindner is a Lecturer in Film Studies with a particular interest in feminism, gender and queer theory in the context of film and media.

    Katharina has a BA in Communications and Psychology and an MA in Media Studies from the University of Hartford (US), where she studied on a football/soccer scholarship.

    Her PhD research at the University of Glasgow explored representations of female athleticism in contemporary film.

    After teaching film, television and media studies courses at the University of Glasgow, the University of St Andrews and the University of East London, Katharina joined the University of Stirling in 2011.

    Her research interests include film, queer theory, phenomenology and embodiment as well as media, gender and sport. A list of selected publications can be found here:

    At Stirling, Katharina contributes to the core course Understanding Gender in the postgraduate programme in Gender Studies. At undergraduate level, she is involved in teaching the following modules: Gender and Representation, Cultural Theory, The Body in Screen Culture, Reading Film and Television and Media I: Meaning, Representation and Identity.

    Katharina welcomes PhD applications in the areas of feminist, gender and queer studies; film/media and sport; film theory and philosophy;  questions of bodies and embodiment in the film/media context. 

    In a former life, Katharina was a professional footballer and German internationalist. She maintains her involvement in sport through links with Glasgow City FC ( and the Women’s Department of the Scottish Football Association. 

  • Dr Sarah Parker

    Dr Sarah Parker is an Impact Research Fellow in English Studies. Her work centres on nineteenth and early-twentieth century women’s poetry, particularly questions of poetic identity, gender and sexuality. Her first monograph entitled The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889-1930 (Pickering and Chatto, 2013) explores how late-nineteenth and twentieth-century transatlantic women poets reimagined the concept of the muse. Sarah’s other publications include ‘Fashioning Michael Field: Michael Field and Late-Victorian Dress Culture’ (Journal of Victorian Culture, 2013), ‘Whose Muse? Sappho, Swinburne and Amy Lowell’ (in Algernon Charles Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate, Manchester UP, 2013) and ‘“A Girl’s Love”: Lord Alfred Douglas as Homoerotic Muse in the Poetry of Olive Custance’ (Women: A Cultural Review, 2011). Sarah also has interests in gothic literature: her essay ‘The Darkness is the Closet in Which Your Lover Roosts Her Heart’: Lesbians, Desire and the Gothic Genre’ won the Feminist and Women’s Studies Student Essay Prize and is published in the Journal of International Women’s Studies (2008). She is currently working on her second monograph project, provisionally entitled ‘Women Poets, Celebrity and Photography, 1850–1930’.

  • Dr Susan Berridge

    Susan Berridge is a Teaching Fellow within the Communications, Media and Cultural Studies Division, guest lecturing and tutoring on the undergraduate Gender and Representation module.

    She is also the co-editor of the Commentary and Criticism section of international journal, Feminist Media Studies. Her PhD, completed at the University of Glasgow, explored the relationship between representations of teenage sexual violence and narrative, series’ and generic structures in teen television drama series.

    She continues to maintain research interests in gender, sexuality, narrative, genre and representation, particularly in relation to popular film and television. Her more recent research has explored the representation of same-sex friendship narratives in contemporary Hollywood comedies and discourses of age, gender and celebrity, focusing specifically on the star persona of Jennifer Aniston.

    A list of selected publications related to these themes can be found here:;jsessionid=1bfb72991ccd4adc6553180aea77]

     Susan also works as a Research Assistant within the Division of Literature and Languages and has taught Film and Television Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London and at the University of Glasgow.

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