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Dr Donna Peberdy (she/her) is Associate Professor of Performance, Sex and Gender at Solent University Southampton, UK and is University Research Lead for Media, Culture and the Arts. Her publications include Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan 2011) and Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (I.B. Tauris 2017). She is co-director of Screening Sex (, co-series editor of Edinburgh University Press’s Screening Sex book series and is currently editing a two-volume collection on The Sex Scene (forthcoming 2024). Donna was recently awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for her project ‘Screening Sexual Violence’, which will examine film and television representations in the #MeToo era.

Research interests

Sex, gender and masculinity in contemporary film, television and American culture, identity politics and representation, acting and performance, stardom and celebrity, classical Hollywood, film noir, dystopian and utopian fiction. Donna’s current research concerns representations of sexual violence in contemporary film and television drama.

External positions

External Examiner, Falmouth University



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