Dr Mark Duffett

Reader in Media and Cultural Studies

Dr Mark Duffett studied at Oxford University from 1989 to 1991 and received a first class honours degree in Geography. After completing a Masters at UBC in Canada, Mark was awarded his PhD from the University of Wales in 1999. Since then he has been teaching and researching full time on our Warrington campus.




Since 1999 Mark has taught full time in the media department as a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies on our Warrington campus, where he has taught across many modules and programmes. His taught modules at undergraduate and Masters level have centred on subjects including media fandom, club culture, the music industry, heritage culture, horror films, British cinema and cultural studies.

Mark’s research specialisms include media fandom, Elvis Presley and popular music culture.

In 1994 Mark was employed by Sony Music. He has also been a consultant for the Manchester DJ Mr Scruff and worked for The Discovery Channel. He has been interviewed by media organizations such as the BBC World Service, TalkSport Radio and The Toronto Globe and Mail.

In 2012 Mark Duffett was a keynote speaker at the MARS music conference held by the Sibelius Academy in Finland in 2012.

Mark’s books include Understanding Fandom (Bloomsbury, 2013) and the edited volume Popular Music Fandom (Routledge, 2013). In 2013 he edited a special issue of the international journal Popular Music and Society. He has also written numerous articles for publications such as Popular Music, Volume!, Convergence, Popular Music History, Transatlantica, Participations and The Journal of Popular Music Studies, as well as completing book chapters for edited volumes such as Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop (Continuum, 2010) and The Music Documentary (Routledge, 2013).

In June 2013 Mark organized a unique Academic Research Advice Exchange Day that brought together staff and postgraduate students from across social science and associated disciplines at Chester. He welcomes supervisor applications from PhD candidates in his research field.


Dr Mark Duffett has taught across a wide range of subjects including popular music, media, film studies and cultural theory. He has also helped many students to learn research methods and successfully pursue their dissertations. In recent years he has also taught undergraduates and postgraduates in popular music studies for the Performing Arts department at Chester. Mark has also been both an internal and external PhD examiner. He is currently departmental external examiner in media for Birmingham City University. He is also supervising a PhD graduate at the same institution.


Beyond his many publications, Mark has been a frequent conference speaker and has also arranged several conference events. In 2010 he organized the department’s first international research symposium, an event which attracted 17 speakers from countries as far afield as Finland, Italy, the USA and Brazil. He co-organized another international symposium at Chester in 2012 on popular music and automobiles.

A blog based on Mark’s research interests can be found at:


Published work

For a current list of Mark’s research publications see:



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