Claire researches and supervises in the following areas:

  • American independent and ‘indie’ film and culture.
  • Discourses and debates around contemporary ‘quality’ television.
  • Feminist media and cultural studies, with a particular interest in female practitioners.
  • Film and television performance, stardom and celebrity.
  • Eye tracking, neurocinematics and spectatorship.
  • Media seriality.

Claire’s recent research projects have included co-editing the first anthology to focus specifically on female practitioners in the US indie realm – Indie Reframed: Women’s Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema (2016) – and a large-scale collection examining how eye-tracking technologies can support and expand existing theories of media spectatorship – Seeing Into Screens: Eye Tracking and the Moving Image (2018).

Current projects include editing a special journal issue on the migration of female practitioners from the independent film sphere to post-broadcast television platforms, a study of transgender representation and experience in contemporary television formats, and an examination of how the phenomenon of ‘adulting’ is reflected in and shaped by millennial screen media.