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Dr Kirsty Fairclough


Dr Kirsty Fairclough is Reader in Screen Studies at SODA. An academic with over 20 years research, teaching and leadership experience, Kirsty researches in the areas of celebrity studies, the audio visual mediation of popular music, (with an emphasis on the life and legacy of Prince) and gender representation in popular culture.

Kirsty has significant experience in leading international and UK partnership development in the creative industries and in the HE sector, with a particular emphasis on the USA. She has lectured at international institutions including New York University, The Royal College of Music Stockholm, Columbia College Chicago, Bucknell University Pennsylvania, Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Copenhagen.

Kirsty has written widely on popular culture and is the co-editor of Prince and Popular Music (Bloomsbury), The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop (Routledge), The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury) The Legacy of Mad Men: Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television. (Palgrave) and Music/Video: Forms, Aesthetics, Media. (Bloomsbury) and author of the forthcoming Beyoncé: Celebrity Feminism and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury).

Kirsty’s work has been published in Senses of Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, SERIES and Celebrity Studies journals and has been featured on BBC 4, BBC Manchester, and in The Guardian and Creative Review amongst others.

She is the co-curator of Sound and Vision: Pop Stars on Film and curator of In Her View: Women Documentary Filmmakers film seasons at HOME, Manchester and Chair of Manchester Jazz Festival.

Kirsty has supervised numerous doctoral candidates in a variety of screen studies areas and is keen to discuss potential PhD research projects.


Kirsty Fairclough is a member of the School of Digital Arts Research Hub.


Rambarran, S., Halligan, B., Fairclough, K., 2022. 'Diva Feminism and Fierceness from Pop to Hip-hop'.

Alleyne, M., Fairclough, K., 2020. 'Prince and Popular Music Critical Perspectives on an Interdisciplinary Life', Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

McNally, K., Marcellus, J., Forde, T., Fairclough, K., 2019. 'The Legacy of Mad Men Cultural History, Intermediality and American Television', Springer Nature.

Morris, N., 2017. 'A Companion to Steven Spielberg', John Wiley & Sons.

Arnold, G., Cookney, D., Fairclough, K., Goddard, MN., 2017. 'Music/Video Histories, Aesthetics, Media', Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Halligan, B., Fairclough-Isaacs, K., Edgar, R., Spelman, N., 2016. 'The Arena Concert Music, Media and Mass Entertainment', Bloomsbury Academic.

Halligan, B., Edgar, R., Fairclough-Isaacs, K., 2013. 'The Music Documentary Acid Rock to Electropop', Routledge.

Book Chapters

Fairclough, K., 2020. 'Rare Bird: Susan Rogers, Prince and Gendered Music Production.'. In Gender in Music Production, CRC Press.


Sibley, J., Fairclough, K., 2022. 'Digital Events Academy - A music venues' pivot to digital: A story of music, collaboration and learning during the global pandemic', Manchester.