School of Media and Performing Arts


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Dr Stephen Harper

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA, DipLib
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (Media); Level 6 Tutor (Media)
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5707
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  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I came to University of Portsmouth in 2005, after teaching English and Media Studies at the universities of Lancaster and Glasgow and working in the public sector late 1990s. I take an interdisciplinary approach to Media Studies, combining interests in media, politics, critical theory and textual analysis.

I am book reviews editor for the journal Celebrity Studies. In addition to my academic writing, I like to write for a range of popular publications and I maintain a media review blog.

Teaching Responsibilities

At Portsmouth I teach across the Media and Film curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am Year 3 tutor for Media Studies and am involved in a range of work outside the university, from external examining to editorial work for academic journals.


My research focuses on political and social issues in television and film. I have published books, book chapters and articles about media and mental distress, horror film, celebrity, ‘popular geopolitics’ (e.g. images of China in the Western media), Marxism and critical theory, and images of war. My major project at the moment is a monograph on television and film representations of the Bosnian war.


Research profile

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