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Dr Sarah Ralph

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

I took up my lectureship in Media and Cultural Studies at Northumbria University in September 2015. Prior to this I was Research Associate in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of East Anglia working on the AHRC-funded research project Make Me Laugh: Creativity in British Television Comedy (2012 - 2015) and also a Part Time Lecturer in both the Film, Television and Media Department and in UEA's Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.

I have published in Celebrity Studies, Participations and Critical Studies in Television, and have recently co-authored (with Martin Barker, Kate Egan and Tom Phillips) Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie, a book based on an international audience study of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien. 

Campus Address

Squires Building, 306D


  • PhD June 01 2010
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Girls Shift Digital: Reflecting on the Impact of Moving Online in Girls' Creative Youth Projects, McBride, A., Ralph, S. 30 Sep 2020, In: MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture
  • Plan International UK Report - The State of Girls’ Rights in the UK, Ralph, S., Gibson, M. 1 Feb 2020
  • Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie, Barker, M., Egan, K., Philips, T., Ralph, S. Jan 2016
  • ‘A Place for Talking about Female Stars’: Exploring Versatility, Femininity and ‘Fantasy’ in Mother-Daughter Talk on Film Stars, Ralph, S. Jan 2015, The Politics of Being a Woman, London, Palgrave
  • ‘I think women are possibly judged more harshly with comedy’, Mills, B., Ralph, S. 1 Jul 2015, In: Critical Studies in Television
  • Swivelling the spotlight, Holmes, S., Ralph, S., Redmond, S. Jan 2015, In: Celebrity Studies
  • Using stars, not just ‘reading’ them: the roles and functions of film stars in mother–daughter relations, Ralph, S. Jan 2015, In: Celebrity Studies
  • What a performance! Exploring audiences’ responses to film acting, Ralph, S., Barker, M. May 2015, In: Participations
  • ‘Trying to Ride a Naughty Horse’, Mills, B., Ralph, S. 2014, Beyond the Bottom Line, London, Bloomsbury

PGR Supervision

  • Rosie Steele Start: 18/01/2021
  • Martin Smith Remembering “The Scariest Movie of All Time”: A Grounded Audience Study of The Exorcist Start: 01/10/2016
  • Scott Williams Start: 05/01/2018
  • Scott Williams Start: 05/01/2018
  • Martin Smith Remembering “The Scariest Movie of All Time”: A Grounded Audience Study of The Exorcist Start: 01/10/2016
  • Cathy Mahoney A Historical Sensibility: Television, Postfeminism and The Second World War Start: 12/07/2017

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