Centre Directors:

Cornel Sandvoss is Professor of Media andCommunicationand Head of Department of Media, Journalism and Film. He has researched and written about fans and audiences across the spectrum of popular culture and beyond including sports, music and politics, with his work focusing in particular on question of cultural value, identity and globalisation. He is also former co-editor of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, past Chair of the Popular Communication Division of the International Communication Association and currently member of five editorial boards.

Matt Hills is Professor of Media and Film at the University of Huddersfield. He has written six sole-authored monographs, starting with Fan Cultures in 2002 (Routledge) and coming up to date with Doctor Who: The Unfolding Event in 2015 (Palgrave), as well as editing New Dimensions of Doctor Who (2013) for the programme’s fiftieth anniversary year. He has also published more than a hundred book chapters or journal articles on media fandom and cult film/TV. Among other projects, Matt is currently working on a follow-up to his first book for Routledge, entitled Fan Studies.



Dr. Ben Litherland is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Huddersfield, and his existing research portfolio demonstrates a diverse and interdisciplinary approach to the study of media, film, sports and games.

Dr. Richard McCulloch is Lecturer in Film and Cultural Studies at the University of Huddersfield, and board member of the Fan Studies Network. 

Joanna Fawkes

Anne Gregory