Dr Rebecca Williams is a lecturer in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies.
Her research interests include audiences and fandom, cultural identity, stardom and celebrity, online research, Welsh media and culture, mainstream and middlebrow media, and issues of quality, canonicity and cultural value.
She has published an edited collection on Torchwood which is the first critical celebration of Torchwood across its four series, considering issues of representation, as well as the fandom that surrounds the show and its complex contexts. She published the monograph Post-Object Fandom: Television, Identity and Self-narrative’ with Bloomsbury in 2015 and is currently editing an edited collection on Fandom, Endings & Transitions for the University of Iowa Press, a special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies and working on a monograph entitled Theme Park Fandom for Amsterdam University Press. This book focused on fan responses to the end of television series and allows attention to be paid to how audiences respond to the absence of media objects and texts, as well as considering their often emotional and affective attachments.
Rebecca is a member of the Cyfrwng Management Board, the Steering Group of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, and is Book Reviews Assistant for Critical Studies in Television. She sits on the Editorial Boards of Celebrity Studies, Journal of Fandom Studies and Intensities: Cult Media Journal and is a Member of the Board of the Fan Studies Network.