Dr Mareike Jenner

Lecturer, Media Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film, media and communication studies

Courses taught: Media Studies, Film Studies and Media Studies

Mareike works on Television Genre and Video-on-Demand. Her monograph on American TV Detective Genre is being published in 2015 by Palgrave.

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Mareike is interested in contemporary television, television genre, postmodernism, representations of gender on television and television as well as Video-on-Demand and the reconfiguration of the medium of television. Her current research on Video-on-Demand focuses on how streaming services that offer original programming (such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu) challenge ideas of what the medium of television is and accompanying implications for viewership, programming and established television theory.

Mareike received her PhD in Film and Television Studies from Aberystwyth University in 2013. Her PhD dealt with issues of ‘truth-finding’ in American TV detective dramas, exploring genre discourses in relation to modern and postmodern society. Case studies include Dragnet (NBC, 1951-9), Quincy (NBC, 1976-83), Hill Street Blues (NBC, 1981-7), Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990-1), CSI (CBS, 2000-15) or The Wire (HBO, 200-8). Her monograph on the history of American TV detective drama takes a broader look at the genre and how it interlinks with social, political, industrial and aesthetic discourses.

Mareike received her Magister in Art and Media, German and Sociology in 2008. Her thesis analysed representations of gender in American teen drama. This research still informs some of her work on gender and queer readings of contemporary American teen drama.

Areas of research supervision

  • Television Genre
  • Television Studies
  • Gender and Television
  • Video-on-Demand
  • Postmodern Television
  • Contemporary Television
  • American Television


  • PhD, Aberystwyth University
  • Magister, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Networking Knowledge
  • Meccsa

Selected recent publications

'Is this TV4? On Netflix, Arrested Development and Binge-Watching', in New Media & Society, July 2014

'"We Need to Talk About Jack": On Representations of Homosexuality in Teen Soaps' (2014) In: Pullen, Chris (ed.) Queer Youth and Media Cultures. London: Palgrave

 'Conclusion: Genre and Video-on-Demand' in Creeber, Glen (ed.) The Television Genre Book, 3rd Edition, London: BFI, 2015

'The Crime Series' in Creeber, Glen (ed.) The Television Genre Book, 3rd Edition, London: BFI, 2015

'The Detective Series' in Creeber, Glen (ed.) The Television Genre Book, 3rd Edition, London: BFI, 2015

Recent presentations and conferences

April 2015.Familiar Genres and 'Safe Spaces': Fantasy, Equality, Romance and Crime given at BAFTSS annual conference, Manchester Metropolitan University

April 2014.Sharknado: Constructing Cult given at Cult Cinema and Technological Change, Aberystwyth University

June 2013.Homophobia, Feminism and Civil Rights – All lazy metaphors? On the Postmodernism of Alan Ball's True Blood (HBO, 2008- ) given at TV Fangdom, Northampton University

March 2013."Do you not worry you're on the devils' side without knowing it?" Detecting Crime: 'Rational-Scientific' Distance and 'Irrational-Subjective' Closeness in Luther (BBC, 2010- ) given at Cops on the Box: Crime Drama on Contemporary UK Television Screens. Glamorgan University, UK.