Dr Ruth McElroy

Ruth McElroy

Ruth McElroy lectures in television studies, media and culture in Wales, consumer culture, and media and cultural theory. She is co-director of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales and is a steering group member of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations.*

She is a management committee member of both Cyfrwng, the Welsh Media association and of BAFTA Cymru. Ruth is book reviews editor for the European Journal of Cultural Studies and is a corresponding editor for Critical Studies in Television. With Prof. Steve Blandford and Prof. Stephen Lacey, she is series editor of Contemporary Landmark Television (University of Wales Press)

Ruth’s research focuses upon television and cultural identity. She has published on television drama and historical documentary, minority-language broadcasting, material cultures of home and the rise of do-it-yourself and property television shows in the USA and the UK.

Ruth welcomes research students working in these and closely related areas.

Recent projects

Life on Mars: From Manchester to New York – This co-edited volume with Stephen Lacey is the first in a brand new series, Contemporary Landmark Television (University of Wales Press)

Screening the Nation – This collaborative project with the BBC Trust and Audience Council Wales examined the representation of Wales in recent landmark TV dramas from BBC Wales in the context of the BBC Trust’s review of BBC regions and nations policy.

Coal House: Television History and Its Audiences – This is one of the first qualitative audience research projects to focus on the consumption of history on television. Working with Dr Rebecca Williams as project research assistant, we explored how diverse audiences engage with television history programming focussing upon BBC Wales’ Coal House history series.

Conferences and other related work

Contact details

Email: ruth.mcelroy@southwales.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1443 668591