I joined the CMC team in December 2017 after serving as an Associate Professor of Film Philosophy at the University of Nottingham on their China campus. Prior to this, I won one of the inaugural 2006 scholarships marking the launch of the new Film Studies department at the University of St Andrews, where I taught and worked towards my PhD. This felt like quite an accomplishment for a lad who had attended what was then referred to as 'the worst school in Scotland.' In a previous strata of life I was also an international water polo goalkeeper who played for Scotland and Great Britain, as well as National League clubs in Scotland and Australia.
I am the Film and Media Programme Director, CMC's Advisor of Studies, and a Senior Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy). I also currently lead the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) 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 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 and Media Philosophy topics; including race and film; environmental humanities; global cinemas and thought/ethics/event/time; screen and urban media (including cities and cinematicity); 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/Chthulucene 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.
SFELTE, University of Stirling, Scotland 2019
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019 - present, previously Fellow since 2016, and Associate Fellow since 2013).