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Katie Barnett


Institute of Humanities

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Katie Barnett is a lecturer in Media & Culture and Film Studies at the University of Worcester, where she teaches on a range of modules focusing on film, television and popular culture.

Katie has a background in American Studies and her research focuses primarily on representations of masculinity, family and fatherhood in American popular culture from the 1980s onwards. She has recently published on constructions of fatherhood in the films of Robin Williams, and themes of boyhood and death in Hollywood cinema.


PhD (University of Birmingham)
MA (University of East Anglia)
BA (University of Hull)

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Television Studies
Hollywood Cinema
Film and Representation
Media and Social Change

Research Interests

My research primarily focuses on representations of masculinity in Hollywood cinema and popular television. I am particularly interested in how fatherhood, parenthood and family are constructed in popular contemporary media.

My current research is focused on examining cultural images of male and female adolescence on American television.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member, British Association for American Studies (BAAS)



Barnett, K. (2016) “Sisterhood and Salvation in A League of Their Own”, Bitch Flicks, Sep 2.

Barnett, K. (2015) “‘Any closer, and you’d be Mom’: The limits of post-feminist paternity in the films of Robin Williams”, Mapping Images of Post-Feminist Masculinity in U.S. Television and Film, edited by Elizabeth Abele. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp.19-34.

Barnett, K. (2015) “The Once and Future King: Negotiating the Survival of Boys in 1990s Hollywood”, Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 8:2, pp.25-42.

Barnett, K. (2014) “Father of the Year: Bill Clinton’s Paternal Redemption”, U.S. Studies Online, Jun 2.

Barnett, K. (2012) “Martin Dines: Gay Suburban Narratives in American and British Culture: Homecoming Queens”, book review, 49th Parallel, Vol. 27 (Winter).

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External Responsibilities