Dr Kirsty Fairclough

Director of International/Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance

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Dr Kirsty Fairclough is Director of International and Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance in the School of Arts and Media at The University of Salford. Kirsty has taught in the Higher Education sector since 1998 across the areas of Media, Film and Cultural Studies. She has significant experience in leading international and UK partnership development in the creative industries as well as in the Higher Education sector with a particular emphasis on North America.

Kirsty has an international research career and has published widely on popular culture, chiefly celebrity studies and the audio visual mediation of popular music. She is a member of the editorial board of the international journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge) and has most recently published on celebrity with a particular emphasis on ageing narratives and female celebrity.

Her latest publications can be found here:

Kirsty’s international conferences on popular culture: Twin Peaks  (2015) and Mad Men: The Conference (2016) have generated significant research outputs and she recently delivered the world’s first international conference on the life and legacy of the musical artist Prince. http://blogs.salford.ac.uk/prince-conference/

Kirsty is a public speaker on popular culture appearing on BBC News, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera UK as well as local commercial radio. Kirsty has lectured internationally, most recently at The Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Second City Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania and Middle Tennessee State University


Kirsty’s teaching and supervision ranges across both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and spans performance, film, media and cultural studies.

Research Interests

Kirsty’s research covers an inter-disciplinary field across cultural studies, media studies and film studies, with a particular focus on representations of female celebrity and stardom, stand-up comedy and gender, music video and representations of female sexuality, and gender and the contemporary Hollywood film industry. Other research interests lie in the areas of online celebrity gossip discourses, music documentary and music video.

Kirsty supervises a number of PhD students and welcome applications related to my research interests.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Media and Cultural Studies, The University of Salford,

MA Screen Studies from The University of Manchester

BA (Hons) Media and Performance (1st class) from The University of Salford.


Full Member of the Cultural, Communication and Media Research Group

Chair of Women’s Voice Network.

Member the Higher Education Academy
Member of SCMS, MeCCSA, MEIEA, IASPM and the MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network



  • Fairclough, K (2017) Beyoncé: Celebrity, Feminism and Pop Culture. London, I.B Tauris.
  • Fairclough, K and Willis, A (2018) American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction, London, Palgrave.
  • Arnold, G, Cookney, D Fairclough, K, Goddard, M (eds) (2017) Music/Video. New York, Bloomsbury. 
  • Edgar, R, Fairclough, K Halligan, B and Spelman, N (eds) (2015) The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment. New York, Bloomsbury.
  • Fairclough, K & Halligan, B & Edgar, R 2013, 'The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop', Routledge, New York, United States.

Journal special issues:

  • Celebrity Studies (Routledge) Fame-inism: Celebrity Culture and Feminism (September 2017).
  • Senses of Cinema: Twin Peaks and Audiovisual Aesthetics.  (June 2016).
  • Series: International Journal of TV Serial Narratives: Twin Peaks, Reception and Consumption. (December 2016).

Book chapters:

  • Fairclough, K (2016) Soundtrack Self: FKA twigs, Music Video and Celebrity Feminism in Arnold, G, Cookney, D Fairclough, K, Goddard, M (eds) (2016) Music/Video. New York, Bloomsbury. 
  • Fairclough, K (2015) Beyonce: Performing Female Empowerment in the Arena Concert in Edgar, R, Fairclough, K, Halligan, B and Spelman, N (eds) 2015 The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment. Bloomsbury, New York.
  • Fairclough, K 2015 'Growing old in the spotlight: Social Media and Ageing ', in: Martin, W & Twigg, J (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Cultural Ageing, Routledge, London.
  • Fairclough, K 2015 “Prime Time: Jane Fonda, ‘Appropriate’ Ageing and the Re-Making of a Hollywood Persona.” in Lasting Screen Stars: Personas that Endure and Images that Fade. Bolton, L and Lobalzo-Wright, J (eds) Palgrave, London.
  • Fairclough, K & Willis, A 2015 'Steven Spielberg and the Rise of the Celebrity Film Director', in: A Companion to Steven Spielberg, Wiley Blackwell, London.
  • Fairclough, K 2014 'Hollywood's Golden Girls: Meryl, Helen, and Judi: Actresses Ageing Appropriately’', in: Whelehan, I & Gwynne, J (eds.), Harleys and Hormones: Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism, Palgrave, London
  • Fairclough, K 2013 'Nothing less than perfect: female celebrity, ageing and hyper-scrutiny in the gossip industry', in: Female Celebrity and Ageing Back in the Spotlight, Routledge, London.

Journal Articles:

· Fairclough, K, 2014, Lost Voice Guy: Transcending Barriers of Disability through Technology in Live Comedy Performance. in: ‘Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment, Columbia College Chicago’, Springer, Chicago, USA, pp.91-98. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering Volume 136, 201

·“Death Becomes Her? - Ageing, Female Celebrity, and Hyper- Scrutiny in the Gossip Blog - Celebrity Studies Special Issue, 'Back in the spotlight: Ageing and Female Celebrity.” Routledge. 2012

·Fairclough, K 2008, “Fame is a Losing Game: Celebrity Gossip Blogging, Bitch Culture and Postfeminism”, Genders, Issue 48.

· Fairclough, K 2004, 'Women's Work?: Wife Swap and the Reality Problem ', Feminist Media Studies. Routledge, Vol 4 No 3, pp.344-348.

·Fairclough, K 2005, 'I'm A Celebrity- Analyse Me: the Appeal of Reality TV', Flow TV Online Journal, Volume 1, 1.1