I have been working on popular film and television since I started teaching popular culture courses at the University of Sussex. My work in this area focuses on the representation of identity, including studies of fantasy television shows ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Battlestar Galactica’, and videogames. In particular, I have concentrated on the construction of central identities – masculinity, heterosexuality, racial whiteness.
In July 2007 I organised BSG 2007 The Politics, Poetics and Philosophy of Battlestar Galactica, a one-day conference on the TV show at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.
I am currently co-organising a conference entitled Memory, Identity and New Fantasy Cultures which will take place in October 2010 at Kingston University.
‘Endgameshow: Mitchell and Webb’s “Remain Indoors” Sketch Series, Absurdist Comedy, and the Collapse of Meaning in Apocalypse Narratives’ paper for 5th Global Conference on Visions of the Human in Cyberculture, Cyberspace and Science Fiction, July 2010: Mansfield College, Oxford.
‘Dexter and Whiteness’ in Richard Greene, George Reisch and Rachel Robison (eds) Dexter and Philosophy, Open Court Publishing Company, forthcoming.
‘Masculinity in Videogames: The Gendered Gameplay of Silent Hill’, Camera Obscura 24(2 71): 161-183 (2009).
‘Starbuck as Action Heroine’ (2008) in Lynnette Porter, David Lavery and Hillary Robson (ed.) Battlestar Galactica: Finding the Way Home Sourcebooks Inc, pp. 131-44.
‘A Dangerous Place For Women’ (2008) in Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin (eds.) Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy Open Court Publishing Company, pp. 337-48.
‘Romantic Comedy and the Construction of Heterosexuality’, SCOPE: an Online Journal of Film Studies, Issue 9, October 2007 http://www.scope.nottingham.ac.uk/article.php?issue=9&id=957.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer and constructions of Whiteness’, in Slayage: the Online International Journal of Buffy Studies, July 2005, http://www.slayage.tv/essays/slayage17/Kirkland.htm.
‘”Peter Pan is My Dad?!?”- The Man-Child Persona of Robin Williams’ (2003) in Martin Barker & Thomas Austin (eds.) Contemporary Hollywood Stardom London, Arnold, pp. 243-54.