Staff research

Our research covers a wide range of disciplines within the broad areas of English, Media studies, Expressive arts, and Academic writing

School staff have internationally recognised expertise in their fields and attract postgraduate students from around New Zealand and internationally. The profiles below provide a brief outline of some of our areas of current research, but please see our individual expertise profile pages for our contact details and more detailed information about our research.

See a list of recently published books authored by our staff.

English

English researchers

Dr Hannah August, Auckland
Early modern drama in print and performance; the history of reading; sensory studies; dramatic genre theory; the language of public policy.

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn, Auckland
Kiwi gothic, gender theory, and contemporary New Zealand literature and cultural studies, New Zealand writers' response to the era of neoliberalism as a cultural and economic phenomenon.

Dr Erin Mercer, Auckland
Twentieth century American and New Zealand literature and drama, and genre, particularly realism and gothic.

Dr Mary Paul, Auckland
Literary and cultural studies, life writing; contemporary fiction, New Zealand literary and cultural studies, Robin Hyde and New Zealand writers' relationships with China.

Dr Jack Ross, Auckland
Poetry (local and international), translation studies, and traditional and popular forms of fiction (from the 1001 Nights to modern fantasy and SF).

Dr Bill Angus, Manawatū
Early modern drama and literature, metadrama, audience response, surveillance regimes and the emergence of authorship, the liminal space of the crossroads and its cultural mythology, ritual, and the wanderer.

Dr Thom Conroy, Manawatū
Creative writing, short fiction, the craft of writing fiction, the ethics of narration.

Dr Tina Makereti, Manawatū
Creative writing, long and short fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays, Māori literature, Pasifika literature, Māori and Pasifika creative writing, New Zealand literature, museums and curation, postcolonial literature, Indigeneity, plural cultural identities / mixed-ethnicity.

Dr Philip SteerManawatū
New Zealand literature, culture and politics; Victorian literature and imperialism.

Dr Kim Worthington, Manawatū
20th Century and contemporary literature, and literary theory (especially narratological and ethical approaches).

Associate Professor Bryan Walpert, Auckland
Poetry, creative writing and literature. Links between literature and science. 20th century poetry and poetics, short fiction.

Dr Ingrid Horrocks, Wellington
Contemporary poetry and creative nonfiction; travel writing and theories of movement; the literature of the 18th Century and romantic period.

Media Studies

Media studies researchers

Dr Pansy Duncan, Auckland
Film theory, affect theory, comedy, aesthetics.

Associate Professor Joe Grixti, Auckland
Media and cultural studies, with a particular focus on the impact of consumerism and globalisation on cultural value, identity and indigeneity.

Dr Brian McDonnell, Auckland
Hollywood cinema, New Zealand cinema, auteur studies, genre studies, censorship, and American film noir.

Dr Simon Sigley, Auckland

Film Cultures, New Zealand Cinema, Documentary Film, Reception Studies, Aesthetics, Film Criticism, the National Film Unit.

Dr Nick Holm, Manawatū
Cultural studies, aesthetics, popular culture, and the possibility of popular culture as a site of political engagement and critique. Media, humour and its relation to liberal politics, Cultural Marxism, comic books.

Dr Ian Huffer, Manawatū
Film cultures, film distribution and exhibition, media audiences, media industries, new cinema history, media geography, film stardom, masculinity, Hollywood cinema.

Dr Allen Meek, Manawatū
Theories of cultural trauma and biopolitics.

Dr Sy Taffel, Manawatū
Digital media and politics, technology and environmental sustainability, media ecology, pervasive and mobile media, software studies, media activism, documentary filmmaking, practice as research in audiovisual media.

Costa Botes, Wellington

Scriptwriting and documentary film making.

Dr Kevin Glynn, Wellington
Media and cultural studies; television studies; digital cultures and media convergence; politics of/and popular media culture; indigenous people’s media; audience and fan studies; and media geography and globalization.

Dr Claire Henry, Wellington

Digital media production; feminist approaches to media; film theory; genre studies; animal studies; violence and screen media interventions.

Dr Ian Goodwin, Wellington
Media and cultural studies, new media studies, media policy, identity politics and popular culture, activism and citizenship.

Dr Kevin Veale, Wellington

Digital media, media studies, game studies, affect, digital culture, popular culture, fan culture.

Expressive Arts

Expressive arts researchers

Dr Rand Hazou, Auckland
Theatre, human rights and social justice. Refugee theatre, applied theatre, community theatre, and intercultural theatre. Theatre audiences, and ideas of cultural democracy and participation.

Stuart Hoar, Auckland

Writing for stage, screenplay writing, NZ theatre and drama, creative communication via creative writing.

Dr Jack Ross, Auckland
Poetry (local and international), translation studies, and traditional and popular forms of fiction (from the 1001 Nights to modern fantasy and SF).

Dr Thom Conroy, Manawatū
Creative writing, short fiction, the craft of writing fiction, the ethics of narration.

Associate Professor Angie Farrow, Manawatū

Experimental Theatre, Young People's Theatre, Community Theatre

Creative processes, Public Speaking, Creative Leadership, Creative Teaching

Associate Professor Bryan Walpert, Manawatū
Poetry, creative writing and literature. Links between literature and science. 20th century poetry and poetics, short fiction.

Dr Ingrid Horrocks, Wellington
Contemporary poetry and creative nonfiction; travel writing and theories of movement; the literature of the 18th Century and romantic period.

Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley, Wellington
Communication (media and public communication) and cultural studies (literature, theatre and performance). Qualitative and critical discourse analysis, particularly in cross-cultural and postcolonial contexts.

Academic Writing

Academic writing researchers

Dr Keith Comer, Manawatū

Writing assessment, western American literature, travel writing, literature of place, the language and literature of war, and flexible and online pedagogy.

Associate Professor Lisa Emerson, Manawatū
Science writing and science communication, academic writing and transition to academic literacy, information literacy and plagiarism, writing centres, and writing across the curriculum.

Dr Hannah Gerrard, Wellington

Composition and writing studies, rhetoric, literacy studies, and pedagogy. Public sphere theory, composition theory and pedagogy, writing instruction and the university in the context of globalisation.

Dr David Gruber, Auckland

Rhetoric of Science, Neuro-Humanities, Science and Technology Studies, Technical Writing, Digital Literacies.

Research – School of English and Media Studies

Becoming Penguin, a Performance Walk.external link

11:15 AM Wed 30 Aug 2017

In your white shirts and black tails, in your navy-blue dresses or in wetsuits and flippers or anything ‘penguin’ from your wardrobe please come and join us on a waddle, a ‘becoming penguin’ performance walk. If you have nothing penguin in your wardrobe, ... view full itemexternal link.

Research Round-up – July, August and Septemberexternal link

2:01 PM Wed 7 Dec 2016

A Book published, and a play: Ingrid Horrocks launched a co-edited book (with Cherie Lacey), Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand (Wellington, Victoria  University Press, 2016) at Unity Books, Wellington,  on Tuesday 26 July. ... view full itemexternal link.

Spotlight on Tutor Staff Researchexternal link

1:10 PM Tue 6 Dec 2016

In this post we focus on some of the 2016 successes of our brilliant tutors. Our English and Media Studies tutors have been especially active in the creative areas. Bronwyn Lloyd participated in the Conference Influence and Confluence in the Short Story: ... view full itemexternal link.

Research Roundup – May and Juneexternal link

3:31 PM Tue 12 Jul 2016

Another 2 books, a special issue of a journal, and a play Dr Thom Conroy had his second novel published: The Salted Air published by Random House Books New Zealand. The Salted Air was ranked in the top ten (2nd, 6th, 9th then 8th) on the Nielsen Weekly Be ... view full itemexternal link.

Call for new media strategies for climate change journalismexternal link

10:45 AM Fri 27 May 2016

School of English and Media Studies tutor Dr Jan Sinclair recently featured in an article on climate change reporting.  

Research Roundupexternal link

10:31 AM Fri 27 May 2016

We’ve been busy. Here’s a snapshot of some of the research that’s come out of the School in the first four months of 2016. Three staff books! Dr Pansy Duncan had a book published: The Emotional Life of Postmodern Film. Routledge, 2016. Dr Jenny Lawn, J. h ... view full itemexternal link.

Lahar awareness research will help save lives – Massey Universityexternal link

8:31 PM Wed 25 May 2016

Many skiers and snowboarders on Mt Ruapehu do not know how to get to safety if a potentially deadly lahar came rampaging down the mountainside, research from Massey graduate Leleiga Taito shows. Source: Lahar awareness research will help save lives – ... view full itemexternal link.

NUTS NZ Issue 8external link

1:48 PM Fri 20 Nov 2015

Editorial Welcome to the eighth edition of NUTS NZ – the Newsletter for University Theatre Studies New Zealand. The purpose of the newsletter is to help us communicate more effectively as a community of scholars interested in Theatre and Performance ... view full itemexternal link.

Summer Scholarship win for Leleiga’s Safety Communication Projectexternal link

9:10 AM Sun 25 Oct 2015

Congratulations to Bachelor of Communication Honours student Leleiga Taito who has won a second award for her potentially life-saving Mt Ruapehu safety communication research.  In January, Leleiga received an award from GNS Science to conduct research int ... view full itemexternal link.

The Future of the Humanities in the Corporate Universityexternal link

3:36 PM Fri 23 Oct 2015

Recently the School of English & Media Studies was lucky enough to host the inspirational scholar who brought cultural studies to the Southern Hemisphere and has shaped its evolution on a global scale ever since, Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner.  Dur ... view full itemexternal link.

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