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 currently an assistant editor for The European Journal of Cultural Studies.

Research interests

I am interested in feminist cultural studies, and specifically the relationship between postfeminism and austerity. At a time when women have been shown to be disproportionately impacted by austerity, my research explores how feminism and domestic cultures have responded to this inequality in varying but consistently political ways.

I am particularly interested in how postfeminism achieves and sustains its hegemonic position within popular culture. Additionally, my research explores contemporary celebrity culture, and mediations of motherhood with a particular focus on the class 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

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies