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Dr Lindsay Steenberg

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

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

School of Arts

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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Phone number: 01865 484981



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).

Modules taught

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


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 group membership

Lindsay is an active member of Brookes' FSRU (Film Studies Research Unit). 

Research grants and awards

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

Research projects

She is currently working on a project mapping the gladiatorial scenario in popular film, television and videogames.


  • Steenberg L, Forensic Science in Contemporary American Popular Culture, Routledge (2012)
    ISBN: 9780415891882

Journal articles

  • Steenberg L, 'Crime TV's Undercover Halloween'
    Journal of Popular Television 5 (1) (2017) pp.83-99
    ISSN: 2046-9861 eISSN: 2046-9861
    Abstract Website
  • Russo P, Steenberg L, 'Imagining the Post-forensic Landscape: The Crime Drama on Transnational Television'
    New Review of Film and Television Studies 14 (3) (2016) pp.299-303
    ISSN: 1740-0309 eISSN: 1740-0309
    Abstract Website
  • Steenberg L, 'The Fall and Television Noir'
    Television and New Media 18 (1) (2016) pp.58-75
    ISSN: 1527-4764 eISSN: 1527-4764
    Abstract Website
  • Steenberg L, Tasker Y, 'Pledge Allegiance: Gendered Surveillance in Homeland'
    Cinema Journal 54 (4) (2015) pp.132-138
    ISSN: 0009-7101 eISSN: 0009-7101
  • Steenberg L, 'A Dream of China: Translation and Hybridisation in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'
    Entertext 6 (1) (2006)
    ISSN: eISSN:
  • Steenberg L, 'Framing War: Commemoration, War and the Art Cinema'
    Cinephile 1 (2005)
    ISSN: 1712-9265 eISSN: 1712-9265

Book chapters

  • Steenberg L, 'Crime and Celebrity' in Rafter N (ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press (2017)
    ISBN: 9780190264079
    Abstract Website
  • Steenberg L, Tasker Y, 'Women Warriors: From Chivalry to Vengeance' in Gjelsvik A, Schubart R (ed.), Women of Ice and Fire: Gender, Game of Thrones and Multiple Media Engagements, Bloomsbury (2016)
    ISBN: 978-1-5013-0290-9
  • Steenberg L, '"Get More Action" on Gladiatorial Television: Simulation and Masculinity on 'Deadliest Warrior'' in Reality Gendervision: Sexuality and Gender on Transatlantic Reality Television, Duke University Press (2014)
    ISBN: 978-0-8223-5682-0
    Abstract Website
  • Steenberg L, Tasker Y, 'North of quality? Quality television, and the suburban crimeworld of Durham County' in Detecting Canada: Essays on Canadian Detective Fiction, Film, and Television, Wilfrid Laurier University Press (2013)
    ISBN: 9781554589265
  • Steenberg L, 'Get more action on gladiatorial television: masculinity and simulation in deadliest warrior' in Reality Gendervision: Decoding Sexuality And Gender On Transatlantic Reality TV, Duke University Press (2013)
    ISBN: 978-0-8223-5682-0
  • Steenberg L, 'Uncovering the Bones: Trauma and Hurricane Katrina in Contemporary Crime Television' in Old and New Media After Katrina, Palgrave Macmillan (2011)
    ISBN: 9780230102668
  • Steenberg L, 'A natural instinct for forensics: trace evidence and embodied gazes in the bone collector' in The millennial detective: essays on trends in crime fiction, film and television, 1990-2010, McFarland (2011)
    ISBN: 9780786458516
  • Steenberg L, 'A pathological romance: authority, expert knowledge and the postfeminist profiler' in Women on screen: feminism and femininity in visual culture, Palgrave Macmillan (2011)
    ISBN: 9780230229655

Other publications

Areas of expertise

Areas of specialist expertise include: 

  • 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


  • 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”.

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