Dr Jessica Martin

Dr Jessica Martin


I joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy in September 2019, after completing my PhD at the University of Leicester. Previous to this role, I have lectured at the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am a feminist researcher, and my interests include gender, class and representations of feminism in times of escalating inequalities, postfeminism, contemporary celebrity culture and social inequalities more broadly.

I am assistant editor for The European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Research interests

I am interested in feminist cultural studies, and specifically the intersections of gender and class. I am particularly interested in the relationship between postfeminism and rising inequalities. My research provides a feminist analysis of popular culture at a time of escalating social inequality, and sits at the intersection of sociology, feminist theory, media and cultural studies. Through interrogating instances of feminism in mediated domestic spaces, my research provides an analysis of the emergence key public figures who have forged their public personas through articulations with austerity culture and in times of crisis.

I am particularly interested in how postfeminism achieves and sustains its hegemonic position within popular culture. Additionally, my research explores contemporary celebrity culture, mediations of motherhood and the politicisation of domestic cultures with a focus on the class and gender politics that arise here.

Selected recent publications:
Martin, J. (2021) Jack Monroe and the cultural politics of the austerity celebrity. European Journal of Cultural Studies (Online First) https://doi.org/10.1177/13675494211030938

Cossey, O. Martin, J. (2021) Women, anger and emotion management in Love Island. Feminist Media Studies (Online First) 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2021.1980081

Martin, J. (2021) Keep crafting and carry on: Nostalgia and domestic cultures in the crisis. European Journal of Cultural Studies 24, 358–364. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549420958718

Martin, J. (2018) Something old, something new: the wedding spectacle across contemporary media cultures, Leicester, UK, University of Leicester, 16 September 2016. Celebrity Studies 9, 153–156. https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2018.1428163

Ellis, L. Martin, J. (2015) Implementing a Sustainability Strategy: A Case Study from the University of Leeds, in: Leal Filho, W., Azeiteiro, U.M., Caeiro, S., Alves, F. (Eds.), Integrating Sustainability Thinking in Science and Engineering Curricula: Innovative Approaches, Methods and Tools, World Sustainability Series. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 75–88. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09474-8_6

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Professional memberships

  • Cultural Studies Association
  • FHEA

Student education

I teach across various modules in the school from Foundation Year to Postgraduate level, and I am module convenor for the Sociology of Gender. I also convene Theorising Gender 1 and Theorising Gender 2 on the MA Gender Studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies