Dr Jessica Martin

Dr Jessica Martin


I joined the School of Sociology and Social Policy in September 2019. Previous to this role, I taught at the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am a feminist researcher, interested in the intersections of gender, class and race, 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.


  • Programme Manager for MA Gender Studies
  • Deputy Director of Student Education

Research interests

I am interested in feminist cultural studies, and specifically the intersections of gender, class and race. 
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.

Additionally, my research explores contemporary celebrity culture, nostalgia, nationhood, welfare, reality TV, mediations of motherhood and the politicisation of domestic cultures with a focus on the class, race and gender politics that arise here. 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • Cultural Studies Association
  • FHEA
  • British Sociological Association

Student education

I teach on a range of modules at UG and PG level as well as managing the MA Gender Studies. I am passionate about widening participation in higher education, and addressing gaps in attainment and retention, and I am currently involved in multiple projects to this end.
I am the Deputy Director for Student Education with a focus on student success.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>