Dr Elizabeth Lovegrove

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts


Liz is a Senior Lecturer in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, with teaching and interests spanning many areas of the Media, Journalism and Publishing programme, including history, culture, theory, design, and research.  She previously worked in learning technology and educational development alongside her publishing work. She is an occasional freelance book layout designer and print maker.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Digital Design and Typography (level 5)

  • Storytelling as Experience: connecting brands with audiences (level 4)

  • Research and Data Analysis (level 5)

  • Digital Production and Workflow Management (level 6 Distance Learning)

  • Dissertation and Major Project (level 6 Distance Learning)

Liz supervises undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on subjects including women's/girls' magazines, gender/feminism and social justice topics, fandom, YA/NA and children's books, science fiction and other genre fiction, discourse analysis.


Liz’s PhD thesis was entitled ‘Interactions in the text: girls’ magazines and their readers 1955–2000’. Her current research interests include reader response in the age of internet, fandom, problem pages, and micro press niche publishing.


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

Liz is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and continues to mentor and review applicants for Senior Fellowship. 


  • ‘How did portrayals of “disruptive sex” change for teenage girls in the magazines of 1950–2000?’ Rethinking Disruptive Sex between the 19th and 21st Century conference, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2019.

  • ‘Learning about sex in teen magazines’. Twentieth-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page, 1900-1999 conference, University of Reading, 2017. 

  • ‘“Why do women feel they should have children?” The debate about having children in Honey magazine in the 1970s’. New Directions in Print Culture conference, Oxford Brookes University, 2017.

  • ‘”Normal” teenage girls and the position of the fortnight: adult recollections of teenage magazine reading’. TDE faculty research student conference, 2015.

  • ‘Progress of romance in teen magazines’. TDE faculty research student conference, 2014.

  • ‘”I thought they looked like decent lads but then… they turned into chauvinist pigs”: Conversations with boys about sexism in the 1990s’. Gender, Race and Representation in Magazines and New Media conference, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, 2013.

  • ‘Problems of authenticity in working on letters to magazines’. MeCCSA media discourse postgraduate student conference, 2012.

  • ‘”Chase him till he catches you”: how to catch a boy according to Jackie magazine in 1964’. Women in Magazines conference, Kingston University, 2012.