Karen Boyle is Co-Director of the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies and the only Professor of Feminist Media Studies in the UK. She is Programme Director for the MLitt/MSc in Gender Studies (Applied).
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 & Television Studies before joining the University of Stirling in February 2013.
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.
Karen is an experienced PhD supervisor and welcomes applications from new students working in the broad areas of feminist film, television and media studies; pornography and sexuality; gendered violence and representation; audience research and genre studies.
Ongoing supervisions in 2016-17 include: female cannibalism in film and literature; archiving and historicising the feminist anti-violence movement; the discursive construction of female sexual dysfunction in the media; rape discourse on social media; female supporting actors in Hollywood films; black feminist activism online.
She also has experience of supervising collaborative PhDs having secured an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award project on Glasgow Film Festival audiences and year-round cinema-going (with Glasgow Film as non-academic partner; completed 2014). She is currently supervising a Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities Applied Research Collaborative studentship focusing on Archiving and Historicising the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement in Scotland (non-academic partner, Glasgow Women's Library; academic partner, Centre for Gender History, University of Glasgow) and an AHRC Collaborative Docotral Award with the Scottish Football Association on fandom, media and gender in Scotland's national game.
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 has recently joined the Board of Glasgow City Foundation, the charitable arm of Glasgow City Football Club.