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Dr Lauren Jade Thompson

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Part-Time Lecturer
Widening Participation Officer

Tel: +44 2476 573646
Email: Lauren dot Thompson at warwick dot ac dot uk

Department of Film & Television Studies
Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Lauren Jade Thompson is an early career researcher in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick, with a particular interest in gender and domesticity in film and television. Lauren completed her MA and PhD at Warwick in 2013 and moved into education in the charity sector before returning to Warwick to teach on the Department’s Introduction to Film Studies module. She is also the Department’s dedicated Widening Participation Officer and leads their schools outreach programme.

She is currently preparing her first monograph, focusing on postfeminist masculinities in film and television, for publication.

Research interests

My interests lie in the field of feminist film and television studies, with a particular emphasis on masculinity. I am also interested in the aesthetics, function and history of certain formats of television and film, such as the sit-com, lifestyle television and romantic comedy. I have recently published chapters on masculine domesticity in Hollywood comedy and the role of the suit in male makeover.

My work is especially concerned with the representation, presentation and function of domestic space in film and television, and I am currently researching the role and history of the sofa as a medium-specific motif of television. I have also worked, with my colleague Dr. Richard Wallace, on television talk on the microblogging site Twitter. I am a member of the Midlands Television Research Group.

Selected publications

  • ‘Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit: Performing Masculinity in How I Met Your Mother’ in Critical Studies in Television: Special Issue on Gender and Television Comedy. (forthcoming 2015)
  • ‘Stripping Off and Suiting Up: The Male Makeover’ in Bruzzi, Stella and Pamela Church Gibson (eds) Fashion Cultures: Second Edition Routledge (2013).
  • ‘Mancaves and Cushions: Marking Masculine and Feminine Domestic Space in Postfeminist Romantic Comedy’ in Gwynne, Joel and Nadine Muller (eds) Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood BFI Palgrave (forthcoming 2013).
  • ‘Book Review: Amy Holdsworth, Television, Memory and Nostalgia’ in Journal of British Cinema and Television. Vol. 9: No. 4. pp. 656-658.
  • ‘Histories of the digital future: archives of the audio-visual’ workshop, University of Warwick, 19 May 2011’ in Screen. Vol. 52: No. 4. pp. 522 – 527.


Previous teaching: Introduction to Film Studies, Television History and Criticism, Hollywood Cinema, Dissertation.


  • PhD Film and Television Studies (University of Warwick, fully funded via the AHRC doctoral fellowship competition)
  • MA Film and Television Studies (University of Warwick)
  • BA (Hons) Screen Studies (Liverpool John Moores University)


Are you a school or college that would like to work with the department? Visit our outreach pages or get in touch to book your session.(Lauren dot Thompson at warwick dot ac dot uk)