Rebecca studied for 1st class BA and MA degrees in English Literature at the University of St Andrews and King’s College respectively. She undertook her funded PhD at King’s in the Digital Humanities and English Departments: the project was concerned with both the development of pornographic film in digital culture and the relationship between the sexual body and contemporary capitalism and is now a monograph in Palgrave Macmillan’s Dynamics of Virtual Work series.
Rebecca has taught in both the English and Digital Humanities Departments at King’s since 2012 and gained fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
Rebecca’s research interests reflect her background of interdisciplinary study:
- Digital economies and postindustrial labour
- Sexual datafication
- (post)feminist and queer theory in digital culture
- Global digital inequalities: disability, race and neoliberalism
- The posthuman
- Video game studies and computer-generated imagery
For more details, please see her full research profile.
Rebecca has been teaching students in the private and public Higher Education sectors for a decade. She is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded Cambridge University’s English Language Teaching Award in 2008.
Rebecca is committed to student-centred pedagogy and teaching innovation and has undertaken extensive training in mental health awareness and pastoral care.
She teaches modules at King’s on issues of identity in digital culture, digital economies, big data and surveillance, digital subcultures, digital activism and protest, digital journalism, video game studies and digital research methods.
Expertise and Public Engagement
Rebecca has lectured widely, including talks at the Digital Material Culture series (University College London), the international Taboo Conference (University Durham, in collaboration with Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna), the International Gender Symposium (Birkbeck) the Performing Sexual Liberation conference (University of Leicester) and the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts conference (University of Greenwich), the Royal School of Arts and Institute of Historical Research (‘Re-Wiring the Body: Disturbed, Hacked, Reassembled’).
She writes for the blog Notches: The History of Sexuality and, in September 2018, curated an art exhibition for internationally acclaimed media festival Ars Electronica. The exhibition combined the work of professional artists with students in the Digital Humanities Department, on issues related to digital sexuality and embodiment.