Dr Katherine Harrison, Course Director

Dr Katherine Harrison

Course Director

Katherine Harrison teaches visual culture and media studies and is currently researching the media and representation of the new space age. She joined the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities in 2017 as Course Director for BA (Hons) Media and English.

Katherine teaches and leads modules on the School's undergraduate and postgraduate Media degree courses, and is the undergraduate dissertation co-ordinator for the Media subject area. She also supervises PhD students in visual culture, gender studies, film and representation.

Current Teaching

Katherine currently leads or contributes to the following undergraduate modules on the Media degree courses in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Understanding Social Media
  • Media Past/Present
  • Lifestyle, Media, Identity
  • Space Media
  • Dissertation

She also contributes to the MA Media and Culture module Contested Cultures of Difference and supervises MA Major Project students.

Katherine supervises doctoral students and welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD candidates in any area that relates to her research interests, particularly the media and representation of outer space.

Research Interests

Katherine's research focusses on visual culture, particularly representations of space, including domestic space and outer space. In 2021-22, she won a Fulbright-Smithsonian Scholar award to conduct research in the space imagery archives of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, DC, which will inform a book on the visual culture of the new space age and a taught module for students entitled 'Space Media'. From 2018-20, Katherine was co-investigator on a Leverhulme/British Academy-funded research project examining stigmatising representations of space and place in Factual Welfare Television (also known as 'poverty porn'). Her Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded PhD thesis (Lancaster University, 2009) was an analysis of iconic photographic images that were widely disseminated in the print media of the mid-twentieth century, including the nuclear mushroom cloud, the foetus in utero and the planet Earth seen from an 'outside' perspective. During her doctoral studies, she was an AHRC/ESRC-funded Visiting Research Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. She has also published research articles related to women's domestic craft practices and feminist research methods.

Dr Katherine Harrison, Course Director

Ask Me About

  1. Culture
  2. Feminism
  3. Gender
  4. Communications
  5. Design
  6. Film
  7. Media
  8. Photography

Selected Outputs

  • Harrison KM; Ogden CA (2018) Introduction. In: Pornographies: Critical Positions. Chester: University of Chester Press,

  • Harrison K; Harrison K (2014) Fashion. In: Shades of Deviance: A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm. Routledge,

  • eds. Harrison K; Ogden C (2018) PORNOGRAPHIES Critical Positions. University of Chester Press.

  • Harrison K (2014) Media Representations and Mental Disorder.