I am a freelance writer and researcher specializing in food cultures, domestic cultures and feminism and popular culture. Alongside my contributions to a wide range of academic journals, I am the author of several books and have edited many more. With a PhD in cultural studies, I have over 20 years full-time teaching experience in UK universities, most recently at Nottingham Trent University where I was a Reader in Media and Cultural Studies. I have appeared on national media and acted as a consultant for a range of public and private bodies.

Key areas of expertise include

  • food media and TV chefs
  • lifestyle media
  • gender and cooking
  • gender, domesticity and the meaning of home
  • post-feminism, popular feminism and popular culture
  • feminist consumer activism

My books include:

  • Feminism, Femininity and Popular Culture (Manchester University Press)
  • Domestic Cultures (Open University Press)
  • Food and Cultural Studies (with Bob Ashley, Steve Jones and Ben Taylor, Routledge)
  • Feminism in Popular Culture (with Rachel Moseley, Berg)
  • Ordinary Lifestyles (with David Bell, Open University Press)

Now living in Norwich, my current work focuses on the politics of food media and on feminism and consumer culture. I am also writing an introduction to media studies for students embarking on degree-level courses.