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Lee Barron

Principal Lecturer Programme Director, International Recruitment and Development

Department: Arts

Lee Barron is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication Design.

I am a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication Design. I teach and am interested in media, culture, advertising, and branding. I have taught teach a number of undergraduate modules including Celebrity Media and Branding and Brand Organisation.


PhD, MA, BSc

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I have a research interest in a range of subjects related to media, culture and communication, such as: the rise of boy/girl bands, film soundtrack albums, heavy metal bands and postmodernism, Elizabeth Hurley and celebrity brand identity, Kylie Minogue and postmodernism, Angelina Jolie and celebrity activism, Big Brother and celebrity, Extreme Metal and sexuality, and a study of British hip hop/Grime music as ethnography. I have published two books, the first looking at ways in which the classic social theory of thinkers such as Marx, Durkheim and Weber can be illustrated through popular culture, and the second a study of contemporary celebrity culture. I am currently producing a new book that ethnographically explores modern tattoo culture and I am continuing to publish in the field of celebrity studies.

I teach an optional module called Celebrity Media, and I teach a core advertising-based module entitled Branding and Brand Organisation. I am now also developing a new Fashion Journalism module.


Key Publications

Lee Barron. (2015) Celebrity Cultures: An Introduction. SAGE.

Lee Barron. (2015) Pulling Down Barriers: Neil Peart, Autobiographical Confession and Negotiated Rock Celebrity. Celebrity Studies.

Lee Barron (2013) Social Theory in Popular Culture. Palgrave.
Journal Articles

Lee Barron (2013) The sound of street corner society: UK grime music as ethnography. European Journal of Cultural Studies Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 531-547.

Lee Barron (2013) Dworkin's Nightmare: Porngrind as the Sound of Feminist Fears. In Titus Hjelm, Keith Kahn-Harris, and Mark LeVine (eds) Heavy Metal: Controversies and Countercultures. Equinox.

Lee Barron (2012) On the Catherine Cookson Trail: Heritage, Fiction and Personality Tourism. In Julie Taddeo (ed) Catherine Cookson Country: On the Borders of Legitimacy, Fiction and History. Ashgate.

Lee Barron (2011) What if Zarathustra Had Not Spoken?: Alex North's Counterfactual Soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. New Review of Film and Television Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 84-95.

Lee Barron (2009) An Actress Compelled to Act: Angelina Jolie's Notes from My Travels as Celebrity Activist/Travel Narrative. Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 211-228.


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