Dr Mareike Jenner

Senior Lecturer, Media Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film, media and communication studies

Research Supervision:Yes

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



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. Her monograph Netflix and the Re-Invention of Television deals with the history of television, binge-watching as structural force for Netflix, and Netflix as transnational television. She has edited a collection on binge-watching that will be published by EUP in 2021.

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.

Areas of research supervision

  • Television Crime Genre
  • Teen TV
  • Television Studies
  • Video-on-Demand
  • Binge-watching
  • Contemporary Television
  • American Television History
  • Transnational Television
  • Representation and Television
  • Class and Television

Current PhD Supervisions:

  • Dima Wannous, representations of Gender in Children’s Media
  • Katelin Wall, Trauma in Serial Killer Fiction


  • Media, Culture, and Power (Media and Communication, Level 4)
  • Introduction to Television Studies (Media and Communication, Level 4)
  • Television Genres (Media and Communication, Level 5)


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

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Networking Knowledge
  • Meccsa

Selected recent publications


Netflix and the Re-Invention of Television. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

American TV Detective Drama: Serial Investigations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


Edited Collection (sole editor): Binge-watching and Contemporary Television Research. EUP: 2020. (Forthcoming).

Book Chapter: 'Introduction' in: Binge-watching and Contemporary Television Research. EUP: 2020. (Forthcoming).

Book Chapter: 'Transnationalising Genre: Netflix Originals and Teen Drama' in: Binge-watching and Contemporary Television Research. EUP: 2020. (Forthcoming).

'Researching Binge-Watching' in: Critical Studies in Television. 2020.

'Control Issues: Binge-Watching, Channel-Surfing and Cultural Value' in: Participations, Vol 16 (2), December 2019.

with Horeck, T., Kendall, T. 'On Binge-Watching: Nine Critical Propositions', in Critical Studies in Television, December 2018.

'Genre, Cycles and Sunshine Noir Television' in: Journal of Popular Television, July 2017.

'"Binge-Watching: Video-on-Demand, Quality TV and Mainstreaming Fandom" in: International Journal of Cultural Studies, September 2016.

'Is this TV4? On Netflix, Arrested Development and Binge-Watching', in New Media & Society, July 2015.

'"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'
'The Crime Series'
'The Detective Series'
'House, M.D.'
'The Wire'
'Grey’s Anatomy'
'Sherlock', co-authored with Lisa Richards,
In: Creeber, Glen (ed.) The Television Genre Book, 3rd Edition, London: BFI, 2015.

'"I can’t even imagine what it’s gonna be like here without him": Friendship and Queer Theory in American Teen Soap' in: In-Spire, Summer 2011.

Recent presentations and conferences

July 2018. 'Media, Nations and Netflix: Netflix as Transnational Medium' given at Annual Conference: Console-ing Passions, Bournemouth University.

June 2017. "Binge-Watching and the Mainstreaming of a Fan Practice" given at the Annual Fan Studies Conference, University of Huddersfield.

May 2017. "Sunshine Noir and 1980s Television" given at the Hardboiled History Conference, Warwick University.

November 2016. "The Changing Face of Television: Television Schedules" given at Austrian Association for American Studies America Through the Small Screen: Television and Its Transformations, Innsbruck University.

March 2016. "The Disappearing Television: What is Television without a Television Set?" given at Material Cultures of Television, University of Hull.

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

Media experience

Thorp, Clare 'That's quarantainment: Why certain TV shows have become mega hits in lockdown', The Telegraph, 02.06.2020.

Brackley, Paul 'How binge-watching has lost it cultural kudos, according to Anglia Ruskin University TV academic', Cambridge Independent, 01.01.2020.

Randall, Ian 'Are you still watching? TV binge-watching "falls out of fashion" as streaming services drip-feed episodes to viewers and restrained viewing is seen as more "sophisticated"', Daily Mail, 18.12.2019.

'Box Set Blow', The Sun, 19.12.2019.

'Binge Watching Just a Brief Episode in History', Metro. 19.12.2019.

'Binge Watching Goes Out Of Style as 'Drip Feeding' Episodes Surges', The Glasgow Herald. 19.12.2019.

'Bye bye Bingeing', The Sun, 19.12.2020.

Clover, Julian 'Binge Viewing no Longer in Fashion' Broadbandtvnews.com, 20.12.202.

Mongaard, Christian 'Den store streamingkrig: Alle vil lave den tjeneste, der slår Netflix ihjel' (Dänisch) Dagbladet, 8.11.2019.

Moore, Matthew 'Academics binge on favourite Amazon Prime and Netflix shows'. The Times

Hay, Mark 'Porn Companies Are Pivoting to Non-Porn Content.' Vice Magazine.