Sean is Reader in Media and Culture and Research Convenor in Film and Media. He teaches in the areas of popular culture and cultural theory, and leads the modules Music, Media and Culture, Theorizing Popular Culture, and Media, Culture and Society.
Educated at universities in Scotland, Ireland and America, Sean has a longstanding interest in the intersection of popular culture, Irish studies and migration/ethnicity. His book Irish Blood, English Heart' Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England (Cork University Press, 2011) was named Music Book of the Year in the Sunday Times. He is currently co-editing (with Noel McLaughlin) a special issue of Popular Music History.
Sean is on the editorial board of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. He has appeared on Channel 4 News, the BBC World Service, RTÉ, Radio Ulster, DW-TV (Germany), CBC TV and Radio (Canada), and ABC Radio (Australia). His work has appeared in the Irish Times, and he has been cited in The Times, the Independent, the Times Higher, the Sunday Times, the New Musical Express, and Uncut.
Sean has supervised to completion at PhD and MPhil levels on topics including:
Campbell, S., 2013. Policing the Irish: Whiteness, 'Race' and British Cultural Studies. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16(2), pp.135-54.
Campbell, S., 2013. Reflections of a London-Irish Musician. Irish Studies Review, 21(1), pp.114-22.
Campbell, S., 2013. Musical Masculinities in the 1990s. In: Holohan, C. and Tracy, T. (Eds.). Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger’s Tales. London: Palgrave.
Campbell, S., 2013. Multiple entries on popular music. In: White, H. and Boydell, B. (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland. Dublin: UCD Press.
Campbell, S., 2011. Irish Blood, English Heart: Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England. Cork: Cork University Press.
Popular Music-Making among the Irish Diaspora in England. Luton Irish Forum, 5 November 2013 (invited public talk).
Migration and Cultural Expression. Emigration Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, 10 April 2013 (invited public talk).
Dwellers on the Threshold. Headingley LitFest, Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre, Leeds, 8 March 2013 (invited public lecture).
Popular Music and Diaspora. Modern Irish History Seminar, Cambridge University, 6 February 2013 (Invited public talk).
Ambivalent Sounds: Irish Diaspora Musicians in England. Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, 9 November 2012 (invited public lecture).
Music, Diaspora and Multi-Ethnicity, A Special Relationship? Irish Popular Music in Britain conference, Northumbria University, 28 June 2012 (invited keynote lecture).
Musical Masculinities and the Irish in England. Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture conference, National University of Ireland, Galway, 25 September 2011 (invited keynote lecture).
Irish Migrants, English Culture. Culture Night, Shortwave Cinema, London, 23 September 2011 (invited public talk).
Made in Britain, BBC Radio 2, 12 June 2012
Follow-Up Albums, BBC Radio 4, 17 May 2012
World Update, BBC World Service, 20 March 2012
Irish Independent, 29 July 2011
The Irish Abroad, RTÉ Radio 1, 26 June 2011
Today with Pat Kenny, RTÉ Radio 1, 25 April 2011
Dave Fanning Show, RTÉ 2 FM, 23 April 2011
Tom Dunne, Newstalk (Ireland), 5 April 2011
Culture File, RTÉ Lyric FM, 2 April 2011
Hot Press, 14 April 2011
Arts Extra, Radio Ulster, 11 April 2011
Alison Curtis Show, Phantom FM (Ireland), 30 March 2011