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I am Professor of Feminist Media Studies and have been at Strathclyde since 2018, having previously held positions at the Universities of Stirling (Professor of Feminist Media Studies), Glasgow (Senior/Lecturer in Film & Television Studies) and Wolverhampton (Lecturer in Women's Studies). 

My research has long focused on questions of violence, gender and representation: my most recent book is #MeToo, Weinstein and Feminism (Palgrave, 2019 - with an expanded and revised edition commissioned for publication in 2024) and have recently co-edited (with Susan Berridge) a major international collection for Routledge, focusing on gender and violence in fact-based media (to be published summer 2023). Earlier publications include Media and Violence: Gendering the Debate (Sage 2005) and, as editor,  Everyday Pornography (Routledge 2010). I have additional research interests in media audiences, gender and news, and the women's movement in Scotland.

Current funded projects include a BA/Leverhulme small grant project on the use of Trigger Warnings in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (with Melanie McCarry) and a Scottish Universities Insight Institute Project on women of colour in Scotland's news media (with Kate Sang from Heriot Watt and Talat Yaqoob from Pass the Mic). The SUII project builds on previous work with Talat Yaqoob and Melody House. I was Scottish coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Project (2015, 2020) and, in 2018, I led a Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Workshop series on Tackling Gendered Inequalities in Scottish News, which led to the foundation of Gender Equal Media Scotland, a grouping of academics, journalists and activists working towards gender equality in Scottish media. 

On the teaching side, I contribute to the MSc in Applied Gender Studies  and coordinate the Gender Studies Research Placement, working with a wide range of external organisations to support student research. I also contrbute to undergraduate teaching and supervision in Journalism, Media and Communication.

I am an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner and welcome applications from new students working in the broad areas of feminist film, television and media studies; gendered violence and representation; audience research and genre studies; and interdisciplinary feminist approaches to gender and violence.

Ongoing supervisions include:  
  • queer female bodies in horror film
  • gendered election coverage
  • transnational connections in the history of women's aid in the UK
  • South Asian women's experience of coercive control in Scotland
  • responses to #MeToo in anglophone and francophone litertaure and film
  • scandal and reputation in reporting of celebrity sexual assault cases
  • photography, sexual violence and activism
  • writing sexual violence

I have supervised 15 PhDs to completion including two AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards (one with Glasgow Film, the other with the Scottish Football Association). Other completed PhDs include projects on forensic crime drama; female atheleticism in cinema; sexual violence in teen television; queer relationships in teen film; masculinity and surveillance in the serial killer film; female cannibalism in film & literature; rape discourse on social media; feminist anti-violence campaigns in Scotland; as well as two-practice based projects, one using the audio-visual essay to explore female performance in film, the other a novella series exploring women's experiences of violence over time. 

I was Deputy Chair of Sub-Panel 34 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management) for REF2021, and am an elected member of the Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) Executive Committee (2014-2022).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • Time to pass the mic: gender and race in Scotland's news

    Boyle, K., House, M. & Yaqoob, T., 16 Sept 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journalism. p. 1-19 19 p.

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  • Rape in the news: contemporary challenges

    Boyle, K., Jessie, B. & Strickland, M., 9 Aug 2022, Rape Challenging Contemporary Thinking - 10 Years On: Challenging Contemporary Thinking - 10 Years On. Horvath, M. & Brown, J. (eds.). 2nd ed. Abingdon, p. 113-127 15 p.

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