In addition to being a Professor in Film in the School of Music and Media, I am the Director of Impact and Engagement for the College of Arts, Humanities and Business at Bangor University. I am also the lead director for the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies. I co-convene the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures network. I lecture, write and broadcast widely (in English and Welsh) on UK and American popular culture, history film and intellectual culture. I co-founded Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal and my most recent books are Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film (with Robert Kolker, Oxford University Press, 2019), Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (Rutgers University Press, 2018), Hidden in Plain Sight: Jews and Jewishness in British Film, Television, and Popular Culture (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (IB Tauris; Rutgers University Press, 2012). My most recent work focuses on legendary film director Stanley Kubrick.
I have written widely on transatlantic Jewish film, history, politics and popular culture with specific reference to the United States and the United Kingdom. My current research falls into three key areas:
- Jews, Jewishness and Judaism in Popular Culture, 1990–present.
This project explores recent and changing representations of Jewishness as ethnicity and religion in contemporary cinema and other forms of popular culture.
- Public Intellectuals and American Culture.
Ongoing research exploring, theorising and widening the notion of the function of the intellectual in post-war America, with specific focus on Norman Podhoretz, neoconservatives, Commentary magazine, the New York Intellectuals, Arthur Miller and Stanley Kubrick.
- European Jewish Diasporas
Research into the Jewish Diasporic communities in Europe with a particular emphasis on Scotland and Wales.
I am co-coordinator of the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures Network
I would be interested in supervising postgraduates in any of the areas in which I teach and research . I currently supervise and co-supervise the following research students:
- Sean Alexander, David Cronenberg's Jewishness;
- Atheer Aljubouri, The Iraq War on Film;
- Christopher Bainbridge, War on Film;
- William Peel, Orphans in Steven Spielberg's post-9/11 films;
- Megan Rainbird, DreamWorks Animation;
- David Wiglesworth, American Remakes of J-Horror, a comparison of 'cultural' sound design;
- Dion Wyn Hughes, Childhood in the Films of Stanley Kubrick.
Previous topics have included, The Planet of Apes as History, Stereotypes of Wales and the Welsh on Film, The Jews of Bangor and Llandudno; The Jewish Diaspora in Wales; Jews in Italian Cinema; and Washing/Clotheslines on Film.
I teach on the MA in Film Studies and direct the MA in Sport History, Culture and the Media on which I convene the module 'Sport and the Media'. I am also responsible for the following undergraduate modules:
- Stanley Kubrick: Auteur
- America on Film
- Film History
American Studies and History
Jewish Studies and History
Celtic Jewish Studies
British Jewish History