I joined the Communications, Media and Culture team in December 2017. Before that I was Associate Professor of Film Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, serving on their China campus — which I joined as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Prior to this, I won one of the University of St Andrews' first full scholarships marking the opening of their new Film Studies department, where I taught and worked towards my PhD (in Film-Philosophy). This felt like quite an accomplishment for a lad who had attended what was once referred to as 'the worst school in Scotland.' In a previous strata of life I was also an international water polo goalkeeper.
I am currently the Film and Media Programme Director, CMC's Advisor of Studies, and a Senior Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy). I am also the lead of the SGSAH (Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities) Discipline + Catalyst. At Stirling I co-ordinate modules that include ‘Reading Film & Television,’ ‘Global Film as/and Philosophy’ and ‘East and Southeast Asian Cinemas.’ I also offer guest lectures on modules such as 'Screening Science Fiction,' 'Key Feminist Thinkers,' and 'Small Nations on Screen.'
I would welcome MRes and PhD applications that gravitate around Film-Philosophy (film and philosophy, philosophy of film, or film-as-philosophy) topics; including film and animal studies; film and precarious/premediated futures; critical race theory and film; global cinemas and thought/ethics/event/time; science fiction cinema and (the limits of) thought; non-neurotypical thought and image; cinema and ecology/ecosophy; media and animal studies; screen media and the work of landmark thinkers. I would also consider novel projects engaging with digital cinema, experiential ‘4D’ (phenomenologies), materialist/physical philosophy, the Anthropocene/Chthulhucene and beyond.
PhD Film Studies, University of St Andrews: 2005-2009 (Full Scholarship).
MLitt (with Distinction) Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen: 2004-2005 (Full AHRB Scholarship).
Master of Arts (with Honours) English and Film Studies, University of Aberdeen [& University of New Mexico]: 2000–2004.
Teaching Qualifications and Memberships
PGCHE Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Nottingham, UK: 2013-2016.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019 - present, previously Fellow since 2016, and Associate Fellow since 2013).