Dr Bethany Klein
Director of Student Education; Senior Lecturer in Communications Studies
0113 343 6979
Clothworkers' Building North, 2.20
BA (Bryn Mawr), MA (Penn), PhD (Penn)
My research interests include commercialism and the media, popular music culture, social issues in entertainment television, and media policy and regulation. As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising (2009) addresses the subject of music in television commercials and engages with a number of issues which have a continuing presence in my work, including the relationship between industrial and cultural change and the role of commercial imperatives and corporate power in popular culture. In 2010 I completed the ESRC-funded project Social Issues in Primetime Television: Production Processes and Audience Responses and I am currently Principal Investigator on the ESRC-funded project Communicating Copyright: An Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age with Dr Lee Edwards, Dr David Lee and Dr Giles Moss.
I am the module leader for COMM1205 Introduction to Communications Research and COMM3910 Communications Dissertation. I deliver guest lectures on COMM1920 Introduction to Communications Theory and COMM5600 Dissertation and Research Methods. I have previously delivered modules on visual communication, promotional culture, popular culture and communication, media production, and media and cultural theory.
Director of Student Education
(2009) As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising. Ashgate Pub Co.
(2013) “Entertainment-Education for the Media-Saturated: Audience Perspectives on Social Issues in Entertainment Programming”, European Journal of Cultural Studies. 16.1: 43-57.
(2013) “Framing the Consumer: Copyright Regulation and the Public”, Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 19.1: 9-24.
(2011) “Entertaining Ideas: Social Issues in Entertainment Television”, Media, Culture and Society. 33.6: 905-921.
(2011) “Introduction: Special Issue on Popular Music and Marketing”, Popular Music and Society. 34.4: 397-398.
(2009) “Contrasting Interactivities: BBC Radio Message Boards and Listener Participation”, The Radio Journal – International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. 7.1: 11-26.
(2008) “‘The New Radio’: Music Licensing as a Response to Industry Woe”, Media, Culture & Society. 30.4: 463-478.
(2008) “‘These Two are Speaking Welsh on Channel 4!’: Welsh Representations and Cultural Tensions on Big Brother 7”, Television and New Media. 9.6: 514-530.
(2008) “In Perfect Harmony: Popular Music and Cola Advertising”, Popular Music and Society. 31.1: 1-20.
(2005) “Dancing About Architecture: Popular Music Criticism and the Negotiation of Authority”, Popular Communication. 3.1: 1-20.
(2011) “In Perfect Harmony: Popular Music and Cola Advertising”, In: McQuinn J (eds.) Popular Music and Multimedia. Ashgate Publishing. 225-244
(2010) “An Episode a Day: The Instructional Value of Health-related Reality Programming”, In: Baruh L; Park JH (eds.) Reel politics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 182-197
Research Projects & Grants
Principal Investigator, ESRC RES 000-22-3202: Social Issues in Primetime Television: Production Processes and Audience Responses, 2009-10, http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-000-22-3202/read
Principal Investigator, ESRC RES 062-23-3027: Communicating Copyright: An Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age (with Dr Lee Edwards, Dr David Lee, Dr Giles Moss), 2011-12, http://www.esrc.ac.uk/my-esrc/grants/RES-062-23-3027/read
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
Divya Maharajh (‘Feminine Experience: Media Studies and Gender Representation’)
Jon Marshall (‘Politics and Musical Aesthetics in the New Russia: Protest Songs, Improvisation and Noise’)