Media Studies research students

Get to know our Media Studies students and gain an insight into their research.

Students are listed alphabetically under their respective degrees.

MA in Media Studies

Caitlin Grandy

Thesis title: 'Stranger Things: Complex Serial, Complex Industry - The Economic, Cultural, and Textual Repercussions of Internet-Distributed Networks in Television's 'Multiplatform' Era'

Supervisor: Trisha Dunleavy

Dani Pickering

Thesis title: 'Encouraging political activation in a digitalised Aotearoa'

Supervisors: Kathleen Kuehn & Michael Daubs

Greg Stutchbury

Thesis title: 'Click-off. How digital has disrupted New Zealand sports journalism'

Supervisor: Peter Thompson

PhD in Media Studies

Will Abbiss

Thesis title: 'Gilded Mirror: The construction and interrogation of British cultural identity in post-heritage television drama of the multiplatform era'

Supervisors: Trisha Dunleavy, Harry Ricketts (English Literature Programme) & Cherie Lacey

Alex Beattie

Thesis title: 'The Manufacture of Disconnection'


Supervisors: Michael Daubs & Angi Buettner

Jeya Foster

Thesis title: 'Dis/missing in Action: Memory and Dis/b/order'

Supervisors: Jo Smith & Nicola Hyland (Theatre Programme)

Ehsan Hazaveh

Thesis title: 'Humanitarian storytelling through photographs with and for resettled refugees in Wellington'

Supervisors: Jo Smith,  Michael Daubs & Caroline Bennett (School of Social and Cultural Studies)

Thi Luong

Thesis title: 'Vietnamese Reception of “Soft Masculinity” in Contemporary Korean TV Dramas: Desires, Identifications and Gender'

Supervisors: Stephen Epstein (School of Languages and Cultures), Joost de Bruin & Cherie Lacey

Fairooz Samy

Thesis title: 'Is the Netflix Fix in? Televisual Norms in the Internet Age'

Supervisors: Trisha Dunleavy & Michael Daubs

Bo Wang

Thesis title: 'Participatory Engagement in the Web 2.0 Era: A Study of Chinese Social Media Fan Culture'

Supervisors: Joost de Bruin, Michael Daubs & Stephen Epstein (School of Languages and Cultures)