Dr Sean Campbell

Dr Sean Campbell

BA, MA, PhD

Reader in Media and Culture;
Research Convener and Course Group Leader - Communication, Film & Media;
Co-director,
Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture (ARCMedia)

Room: Hel 266

Email: sean.campbell@anglia.ac.uk

Telephone: 0845 196 2582
International: +44 1223 698 582


Sean Campbell's research activity


Sean is Reader in Media and Culture and Research Convenor and Course Group Leader in Communication, Film and Media. He convenes the Research Seminar in English and Media, and co-convenes the Modern Irish History Seminar at Cambridge University. 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.'

His research interests are in the areas of popular culture, Irish studies and migration/ethnicity. His most recent book is 'Irish Blood, English Heart': Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England (Cork University Press, 2011). This AHRC-funded book, which was named Music Book of the Year in the Sunday Times (Ireland) and Hot Press, was launched at the Irish Embassy in London in June 2012.

Sean has also co-edited (with Colin Coulter) a collection of essays on The Smiths for Manchester University Press (2010), and is co-author (with Gerry Smyth) of Beautiful Day: Forty Years of Irish Rock (Cork University Press, 2005). He has published numerous articles on ethnicity, popular music, and cultural studies, and has presented work at conferences in the United States, Europe and Australia. He has been a keynote speaker at universities in Britain and Europe. He is currently co-editing (with Dave Laing and Noel McLaughlin) a special issue of Popular Music History, due for publication in 2013.

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 is a reader for Sage and Irish Academic Press, and referees articles for Popular Music, Irish Studies Review and IASPM@Journal.

Sean 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. He is currently Series Advisor on a forthcoming documentary series for Irish television, and he has been a consultant for ProQuest. He has also chaired public events at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

Sean is currently supervising PhD theses on music, film and popular culture. He has been an External Examiner for PhDs at the University of Cambridge, Murdoch University (Australia) and the University of Southampton.

He would be keen to supervise research students in the following areas:

  • Popular music
  • Popular culture
  • Irish studies
  • Migration/ethnicity


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