Dr Lindsay Steenberg

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Subject Co-ordinator MA in Popular Cinema

School of Arts


Areas of expertise

  • Feminism / Feminist Film Theory
  • Postfeminist media culture
  • Genre - in particular the crime and action genres
  • Cultural Theory
  • Postmodernism
  • Noir (on film and television)
  • Celebrity studies

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Popular Cinema
  • Film and Media Journalism
  • Film Noir
  • Cinema and Technology
  • Film Studies Research methods

Lindsay teaches both film and television studies - both general survey modules (such as Popular Cinema) and focused modules drawn from her expertise (such as Film Noir).


Lindsay has supervised at MA and doctoral level and welcomes proposals for students wishing to study aspects of popular cinema and television.


Lindsay's research focuses on violence and gender in postmodern and postfeminist media culture.  She has published numerous articles and chapters on the subject of the crime and action genres on film and television. She would be intersted in supervising doctoral work on any aspect of violence and popular visual culture.

Research grants and awards

Lindsay was awarded an Oxford Brookes Research Excellence Fellowship in 2016 to support her research into gladiator fighting in popular visual culture.

Research projects

Lindsay is currently working on a project mapping the gladiatorial scenario in popular film, television and video games.


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Digital Dark Tourism: A Case Study of Digital Dark Tourism in the Digital Age (led by Univ British Columbia) (01/09/2021 - 31/08/2023), funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, funding amount received by Brookes: £0


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Professional information


  • Hardboiled History Conference (Warwick, May 2017)
    "Transnational Television Noir"
  • British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Conference (Bristol, April 2017)
    "Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves: Gladiator Fighting Beyond the Sword and Sandal Film"
  • Celebrity Studies (Amsterdam, June 2016)
    “Celebrity, True Crime, and Expertise”
  • Crime, Capitalism and Media Conference (Winchester, April 2016)
    “Capitalising on Crime”
  • Console-ing Passions: International Conference on TV, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism (Dublin, June 2015)
    “Crime TV, Romance and the Middlebrow”
  • Symfrozium (Norwich, May 2015)
    “Disney’s Frozen as Nordic Noir”
  • Celebrity Studies (London, June 2014)
    “Gladiators Ready: Celebrity, Violence and the Legacy of Ancient Rome”
  • Console-ing Passions: International Conference on TV, Audio, Video, New Media and Feminism (Leicester, June 2013)
    “Stardom, Masculinity and the Ultimate Fighting Championships”
  • Gender Politics & Reality TV, University College (Dublin, July 2011)
    “Gladiatorial Television: Masculinity on Spike TV”
  • NECS: European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (London, June 2011)
    “Education and Sensation: The Autopsy of British Lifestyle TV”
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Los Angeles, March 2010)
    “The Postfeminist Gothic on American Crime Television”
  • Cinema, Television and the Past (Norwich, February 2009)
    “Hollywood Imagines the Archaeological Past:
    Egypt as Heterotopia in the Mummy Franchise”
  • Figurations of Knowledge
    Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Berlin, June 2008)
    “Affect and Archive: Trace Evidence and Archival Sensibilities on CSI
  • The Literary Art of Murder (Newcastle, April 2008)
    “Cabinets of Curiosity: Visualising Trace Evidence in the Screen Adaptation
    of Jeffrey Deaver’s The Bone Collector
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Philadelphia, March 2008)
    “Uncovering the Bones: Hurricane Katrina in Contemporary Crime Television”
  • Screen (Glasgow, July 2007)
    “Profiling Queerness: Behavioural Sciences and the Retelling of the
    Leopold and Loeb Case”
  • Feminism and Popular Culture Conference (Newcastle, June/July 2007)
    Postfeminism and the Female Investigator: Authority, Expert Knowledge
    and Angelina Jolie”
  • University of Winchester – Violent Film Conference (Winchester, July 2006)
    “Sexy/Dead: Postfeminism and Violence in the Crime Thriller”
  • Film & History Journal’s War and Film Conference – (Dallas, Nov 2004)
    “Shots in the Jungle: Vietnam and the Evolving Landscape of War”.