Areas of Expertise: Film, media and communication studies
Sean is Associate Professor of Media and Culture, and Research Convenor in Film and Media. He teaches and supervises research on media and popular culture, and leads a range of modules, including Sound and Vision, Youth Culture and Media, and Law, Culture and Technology.
Sean’s research explores the politics of media and popular culture. He has published a number of books and has advised on television and radio programmes.
He led the Film and Media unit’s submission to the REF in 2021, having coordinated its successful return in 2014, for which he convened an impact case study, which centred on a six-part television documentary series on which Sean was Series Adviser, and which drew on his book, 'Irish Blood, English Heart': Second-Generation Irish Musicians in England (Cork University Press). This AHRC-funded book was named Music Book of the Year in the Sunday Times.
Sean is currently writing a book on popular music and political conflict, entitled Combat Rock. He is also developing research on popular-cultural invocations of the Anglo-Scottish border.
Sean is co-convenor (and co-founder) of the Modern Irish History seminar at the University of Cambridge, which is supported by the Irish Embassy in London. He has been a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and has appeared on Channel 4 News, the BBC World Service, RTÉ, DW-TV (Germany), CBC TV and Radio (Canada), and ABC Radio (Australia).
He has written for the Irish Times, and has been cited in The Times, the Guardian, and NME.
Sean has supervised to completion at PhD and MPhil levels on topics including:
Campbell, S., 2021. 'NME's "Irish Troubles": political conflict, media crisis and the British music press', Études irlandaises (Spring)
Campbell, S., 2020. '"Agitate, educate, organise": partisanship, popular music and the Northern Ireland conflict', Popular Music 39(2), pp. 233-56.
Campbell, S. (with Roger Swift), 2017. 'The Irish in Britain', in Eugenio Biagini and Mary Daly (eds), The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland (Cambridge University Press), pp. 515-533.
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. Musical Masculinities in the 1990s. In: Holohan, C. and Tracy, T. (Eds.). Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger’s Tales. London: Palgrave.
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).
Series Adviser (and onscreen contributor), Guth: Musical Sons of the Irish Diaspora (TG4, 2012)
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