Applied Gender Studies Karen Boyle

Karen Boyle is Professor of Feminist Media Studies and Programme Director for the MLitt/MSc in Applied Gender Studies.

Karen has an MA in Women's Studies (Applied) from the University of Bradford and conducted her PhD research on violence, gender and representation in mainstream cinema at the Violence, Abuse and Gender Relations Research Unit, also at Bradford. Her first academic post was as a Lecturer in Women's Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, after which she moved to the University of Glasgow where she was Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Studies. She joins Strathclyde from the University of Stirling, where she was Professor of Feminist Media Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies.

Karen’s research has long focused on questions of violence, gender and representation and she has published widely in this area, including in the monograph Media & Violence: Gendering the Debate (Sage 2005) and as editor of Everyday Pornography (Routledge 2010). She has additional research interests in film authorship, cinema audiences and gender and news. In 2018, she is leading a Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Workshop series on Tackling Gendered Inequalities in Scottish News.

At Strathclyde, Karen is Director of the postgraduate programmes in Applied Gender Studies and contributes to the core classes Understanding Gender; Feminist Knowledge, Feminist Research; and Feminisms – Continuity and Change. She also coordinates the Gender Studies Research Placement and has experience of working with a wide range of external organisations to support student research.

Karen is an experienced PhD supervisor and welcomes applications from new students working in the broad areas of feminist film, television and media studies; pornography and sexuality; gendered violence and representation; audience research and genre studies.

Ongoing supervisions in 2017-18 include: 
  • female cannibalism in film & literature 
  • archiving & historicising the feminist anti-violence movement 
  • rape discourse on social media 
  • beauty norms in anti-violence campaigns
She is also supervising practice-based PhDs using video essays to explore the female supporting role in Hollywood film;and using the novella form to explore men’s violence against women and changes over time.

She has experience of supervising collaborative PhDs having secured an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award project on Glasgow Film Festival audiences and year-round cinema-going (with Glasgow Film as non-academic partner; completed 2014). She is currently supervising a Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities Applied Research Collaborative studentship focusing on Archiving and Historicising the Feminist Anti-Violence Movement in Scotland (non-academic partner, Glasgow Women's Library; academic partner, Centre for Gender History, University of Glasgow) and an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Scottish Football Association on fandom, media and gender in Scotland's national game.

Karen is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Media, Communication & Cultural Studies Association. Outside of academia, she is on the Board of Directors of the feminist anti-violence organisation the Women's Support Project and the Board of Glasgow City Foundation, the charitable arm of Glasgow City Football Club.