Dr Laura Clancy is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Lancaster University. Her teaching and research is interdisciplinary, across Media and Cultural Studies, Sociology, and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her PhD research explores the ways in which the contemporary British monarchy is represented in media culture, to consider its role in producing consent for class power and inequalities in Britain. Laura has served on the FWSA Executive Committee since January 2014, as Website and Social Media Officer between 2014-2016, and Essay Competition Officer from 2016-present.
Sara De Benedictis
Dr Sara De Benedictis is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Communications at Brunel University London. Her research interests are in gender, reproduction, class, postfeminism, austerity and popular culture. Currently, Sara is working on a Brunel funded research project,The Period Poverty Project. She has taught at various institutions on Sociology, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. Prior to starting her PhD, Sara worked in the UK women’s sector.
Bethan Archer is a PhD student and Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University. Her research is interdisciplinary, using feminist ideas across Gender & Women’s Studies, Media & Cultural Studies, and Literature. Her PhD combines feminist and queer theory to work to creating a new framework for exploring sibling incest in contemporary, fiction, TV and film.
Jaspreet Nijjar has been completing her AHRC-funded PhD at Brunel University London on a part-time basis since 2017. She also occasionally teaches on the BSc Sociology degree. Jaspreet’s PhD analyses the U.S. women’s prison drama, Orange is the New Black, and synthesises narrative theory with feminist ideas around embodiment to further understanding of the global Prison Industrial Complex. Her recent publication in The Journal of Men’s Studies examines portrayals of hegemonic masculinity in the U.S. television programmes, Sons of Anarchy and Ray Donovan.
Dr Stacie Allan is a translator, writer, and independent scholar. She received her PhD in French women’s writing from the University of Bristol in 2017. Her first book Writing the Self, Writing the Nation (Peter Lang, 2019) explored how early nineteenth-century women writers wrote against the fixed notions of gender and nationhood. Stacie previously worked in an equality and diversity role during which she led a departmental Athena SWAN application; set up a childcare fund; organised a series of academic and public events on gender and neuroscience; and conducted a mixed-methods research project on the cultural and systematic barriers that women face in clinical academic careers.
General Executive Officer
Dr Helen Warner is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East Anglia
Publicity and Newsletter Officer
Veronika Schuchter is currently OeAD-Lektorin at the University of Oxford and close to submitting PhD thesis which investigates supermodern spaces in contemporary British and Canadian women’s writing. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory, Canadian literature and women’s writing. She is also on the executive committees of The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA).
Carli Ria Rowell
Essay Competition Officer
Dr Carli Ria Rowell is a sociologist, feminist and ethnographer and much of her work grapples with issues pertaining to contemporary social, spatial and geopolitical (im)mobilities particularly in relation to educational (in)equalities. She is currently a Research Fellow in the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods at the University of Glasgow. Carli has conducted research, taught and has been a visiting scholar in both the Southern (South Africa 2017; Tanzania 2016; India 2015; and Ghana 2013) and Northern (America 2017; Canada 2015; and China 2014) hemisphere. Prior to Glasgow, Carli held positions at the University of Sussex and the University of Warwick. Her ESRC PhD (Warwick) was an ethnography of working-class students at an elite university. She is passionate about the sociological imagination, feminist research and teaching and inclusivity within academia and serves as a co-convenor of the British Sociological Associations Early Career Forum.
Membership and Fundraising Officer
Sabrina Moro is a PhD candidate in Cultural and Media Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Her research explores the complex interactions between gender/sexuality politics, rape testimonies, feminism and contemporary celebrity cultures. In addition to her thesis, Sabrina designs and runs participative workshops aimed at an audience beyond academia. She provides training and critical commentaries on contemporary media cultures and representations of gender, sexuality and consent in films and TV series.
Digital Activism Officer
Rachel is an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher in the school of Journalism, Media & Culture at Cardiff University. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Open University, a Masters degree in Digital Media & Society, and has maintained a scholarly interest in the intersections of digital culture, education and activism. Topics of previous academic focus include Harry Potter and Magic: the Gathering online communities and fan-made cultural products. Rachel’s doctoral project, which exists within the ‘Journalism & Democracy’ funding stream, looks at newspaper coverage of #MeToo, the Harvey Weinstein trial, and more broadly at feminist hashtag activism.
Book Prize Officer
Dr Stevie Marsden is a Lecturer in Publishing at the University of Derby. She is a Contemporary Book Studies scholar with additional expertise in the creative industries, specifically the UK screen sector. She is an expert in the area of literary awards and how cultural and socio-political hierarchies – particularly in relation to class, gender and celebrity – shape awards function and are understood. Stevie has many years’ experience in book prize administration and has been a consultant for a number of major book prizes. She is on the advisory committee for the newly founded Barbellion Prize (for furtherance of ill and disabled voices in writing).
Dr Irralie Doel is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Brighton
Daisy Richards is a PhD Researcher at De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History Institute (CATHI) in Leicester. She received both her BA in Film and Literature and MA in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Her present research focuses on sexual violence on television and is most concerned with the relationship between “quality” programming and representations of rape. She teaches as part of a variety of courses and modules focusing on media, gender, television and politics at institutions across the Midlands. Daisy currently sits on the BAFTSS Executive Committee as Postgraduate Representative and is also on the Board of Trustees at FreeVA, a national charity focusing on supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Outside of academia, Daisy enjoys breakfast food and her kitten, Meatball.
Emma Sadlowski is a Canadian writer and digital agency founder. Her Master’s research, at Queen’s University in Canada, focused on religious extremism, particularly the growth of white supremacist and nationalist movements in response to a perceived threat of Islam in the UK and Europe. In addition to her Communications Officer role with the FSA, Emma volunteers for other London-based charities that address issues surrounding mentorship for underprivileged youth and education. Her research interests include LGBTQ+ advocacy, mental wellness, and the representation of women’s bodies.
Amna is a journalist and researcher from Pakistan, currently living in Sydney. She is a recent graduate of Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia with a distinction. She completed her first masters in Diversity and Media with a distinction from the University of Westminster, UK. She is the recipient of three prestigious international scholarships including the Australia Awards. Her research revolves around media, gender and culture in South Asian countries. Currently, she is working as a Social Media Program
Coordinator and Research Fellow with Women Living Under Muslim Laws, while also applying for an interdisciplinary PhD in Gender and Media. You can read some of her published work here.