Dr Ruth Doughty is the Programme Leader for Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research interests include African American cinema, Film Music, Theory and Liverpool. Ruth is one of the co-founding editors of the peer-reviewed Routledge journal Transnational Screens (formerly Transnational Cinemas). She has also co-authored the book Understanding Film Theory (2017, 2nd edition) which has been translated into easy Chinese 电影理论自修课. Ruth is the principal investigator on a Heritage Lottery Funded project looking at the history of the Littlewoods Pools building in Liverpool as part of an oral history/audio-visual community project.
2005, Keele University, United Kingdom, PhD
Programme Leader - Film Studies, Film Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Doughty RJ. 2018. Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It takes aim at the ‘clown with the nuclear codes’ Publisher Url
Doughty RJ. 2017. The Buppie and Authentic Blackness: Middle-class cultural producers in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and HBO’s Treme Film International, 14 :125-140 Public Url
Doughty RJ, Griffiths K. 2007. Racial Reflection: La Haine and the Art of Borrowing. Studies in European Cinema, 3 :117-127 DOI
Doughty RJ. Katrina’s City? New Orleans, Race, Myth, Forced Migration and Return Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, 3 DOI
Doughty RJ, Etherington-Wright C. 2011. Understanding Film Theory Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke 9780230217102
Doughty R, Etherington-Wright C. Understanding Film Theory Palgrave MacMillan. Basingstoke 978-1137528230 Publisher Url
Doughty RJ, Shaw D. Teaching ‘the World’ Through Film Bennett B, Marciniak K. Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy Routledge. New York and Oxford 9781317401056
Doughty RJ. African American Film Sound: Scoring Blackness Continuum Companion to Sound in Film and the Visual Media :325-339 Continuum. London 9780826458247 Public Url
Doughty RJ. bell hooks. Ness I, Cope Z. Encyclopaedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Palgrave MacMillan 978-0-230-39277-9 Public Url
Engagement & Impact
Other invited event:
The BlacKkKlansman, The Slavery Museum, Liverpool, A public lecture Introducing Spike Lee's 2018 film, The BlacKkKlansman. 2019
Scoring Psycho, Liverpool Philharmonic, The public lecture on the use of music in the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho (1960). 2016
Research Grants Awarded:
Heritage Lottery, Littlewoods Heritage Project, Pete Woodbridge, Grant value (£): 48,100, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2019
Accommodation Partnership Income (API), The Motivations Expectations and Preparedness of Students from Northern Ireland and Other UK Students Project, Danielle Chavrimootoo, Grant value (£): 27,000, Duration of research project: 1. 2017
Transnational Screens Journal, Co-founding Editor, https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rtrc20. 2019
Transnational Cinemas Journal, Founding Editor of Routledge Peer Reviewed Journal (Formerly Published by Intellect), http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rtrc20#.VtRwq9ASeXc. 2008
She’s Gotta Have It (2017): Spike Lee and the Commodification of Black Culture, BAFTSS, Kent/University of Kent, Oral presentation. 2018
Supporting students from Northern Ireland: Exploring the barriers and enablers for a successful transition to higher education in the UK, HEA Annual Conference, Manchester/University of Manchester, Oral presentation. 2017
The City that Time Forgot: Filmic Temporality in New Orleans, Post-Katrina, BAFTSS, Bristol/University of Bristol, Oral presentation. 2017
A Comparative Analysis of Students from Northern Ireland and the UK: Motivation, Preparedness and Expectations, Enhancing Student Engagement Conference, London/NCVO Society Building, Oral presentation. 2017
How to Hide a Hurricane: Sprinkling Fairy Dust on Disaster in The Princess and the Frog, Film and the Environment, Norwich/University of East Anglia, Oral presentation. 2016
PostGraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). 2016
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 2007
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy, https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/recognition-accreditation/fellowships/become-fellow-hea.
Membership of professional bodies:
Member of BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies), British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS),, http://www.baftss.org/.
Member of MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA),, http://www.meccsa.org.uk/.