Dr Sean Campbell

Reader in Media and Culture

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

Courses taught: Media Studies, Film Studies and Media Studies

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.

Research interests

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

Areas of research supervision

Sean has supervised to completion at PhD and MPhil levels on topics including:

  • Popular cinema and cultural identity
  • Popular music in the digital age
  • Gender, music and technology


  • PhD Media and Culture, Liverpool John Moores University, 2003
  • MPhil Media Culture, Glasgow University, 1995
  • BA (Hons) English and Politics, Strathclyde University, 1994

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Series Advisor, Guth: Musical Sons of the Irish Diaspora (six-part TV documentary series, broadcast on TG4, Ireland, in 2013 and 2014).
  • Expert advisor for ProQuest on Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (2008)
  • Currently advising BBC4 on documentary on popular music
  • External examinership of PhDs at Cambridge University, Southampton University and Murdoch University (Australia)

Selected recent publications

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.

Recent presentations and conferences

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).

Media experience

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