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Richard McCulloch


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Richard McCulloch is Senior Lecturer in Media and Film, and joined the University of Huddersfield in January 2016. He has held previous appointments at five other UK universities, most notably Regent’s University London, where he was responsible for overseeing the design of a new Film Studies degree pathway in 2015.

He studied Film and American Studies at the University of East Anglia, where he later went on to complete his MA and PhD. His doctoral research looked at reputation and discourses of quality in relation to Pixar Animation Studios, and he is in currently updating and expanding on his ideas for a forthcoming monograph.

Richard is co-director of The World Star Wars Project – a five-year study of the post-Disney Star Wars franchise and its audiences – and he is also on the board of the Fan Studies Network.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Media audiences and reception
  • Fandom and fan cultures
  • Post-Classical Hollywood
  • Branding, Reputation, and Promotional Culture
  • Cult film and television

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Research Output

A Game of Moans: Fantipathy and Criticism in Football Fandom

McCulloch, R., 8 Jan 2019, Anti-Fandom: Dislike and Hate in the Digital Age. Click, M. A. (ed.). New York: New York University Press, p. 227-248 22 p. (Postmillennial Pop).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Disney's Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion and Reception

    Proctor, W. (ed.) & McCulloch, R. (ed.), 30 Jul 2019, Iowa City: University of Iowa. 416 p. (Fandom and Culture)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Introduction: ‘So bad it’s good’: aesthetics, reception, and beyond

    MacDowell, J. & McCulloch, R., 23 Oct 2019, In : Continuum. 33, 6, p. 643-652 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Introduction: From the House that George Built to the House of Mouse

    Proctor, W. & McCulloch, R., 30 Jul 2019, Disney's Star Wars: Forces of Production, Promotion and Reception. Proctor, W. & McCulloch, R. (eds.). Iowa City: University of Iowa, p. 1-20 20 p. (Fandom and Culture).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Exploring Imaginary Worlds: Audiences, fan cultures, and geographies of the imagination

    Proctor, W. & McCulloch, R., May 2016, In : Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies. 13, 1, p. 479-487 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access