Dr James Zborowski

Lecturer/ Subject Group Head for Screen

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 466907

James teaches and researches in the areas of film, television, media and cultural studies.

His work has two main aims. The first is to improve the quality of our discussions about screen drama, in whatever medium we find it. The second is to explain the functions and the evolution of communications media in society.


Research Interests

  • Film studies

  • Television studies

  • Media studies

Research groups

Northern Television Research Group



Classical Hollywood Cinema: Point of View and Communication, Manchester University Press, 2016.

Journal articles

‘Television Aesthetics, Media and Cultural Studies and the Contested Realm of the Social', Critical Studies in Television, 11.1 (2016): 7-22.

(Co-authored with Amy M Davis and Jemma Gilboy) ‘How Time Works in The Simpsons', Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 10.3 (2015): 175-88.

(Co-authored with Tom Steward) ‘(G)hosting Television: Ghostwatch and its Medium’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 11.2-3 (2014): 189-212.

(Co-authored with James MacDowell) ‘The Aesthetics of "So Bad It's Good": Value, Intention and The Room’, Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, 6 (2013)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • American Film and Society

  • Analysing Television Drama: Narration, Style and Themes

  • Communication in a Globalised Context

  • Dissertation

  • Film History

  • Interpreting American Culture

  • Other Screens

  • Reading the Screen

  • Research Project in the Humanities

  • Screen Nations

  • Television Aesthetics

  • Television, Radio and the Everyday

  • Theorising Popular Cultures

  • Understanding Media

  • Valuing Popular Cultures

  • Writing Criticism

Research PhDs

Dr James Zborowski welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision in his specialist areas of expertise.

Completed PhDs 

Elisa Serafinelli, New Mobile Visualities and the Social Communication of Photography : Instagram as a Case Study (Ss second supervisor).

Jemma Diane Gilboy, Craptacular Science and the Worst Audience Ever: Memetic Proliferation and Fan Participation in The Simpsons (as second supervisor).

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies (first class), University of Warwick

  • MA for research in Film and Television Studies (distinction), University of Warwick

  • PhD Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick

External roles

  • Project lead for a series of film events in collaboration with BFI Film Hub North and Hull2017.

  • Guest speaker at BFI Film Academy, Hull.

  • External examiner, Kingston University.

  • Occasional guest presenter and website contributor for Hull Independent Cinema.

  • Guest judge at annual 'MAFTAs' ceremony which recognises and celebrates the achievements of film and media students at Wyke Sixth Form College, Hull.

Awards and accolades

Best Feedback Award, Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching Awards 2012