Dr Ruth Doughty

Liverpool Screen School

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

Academic appointments

Programme Leader - Film Studies, Film Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present

Internet publication

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. Spike Lee: Selling the Black Aesthetic. In Media Res: A Media Commons Project Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Doughty RJ. 2017. The Buppie and Authentic Blackness: Middle-class cultural producers in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and HBO’s Treme Film International, 3-4 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Doughty RJ. 2012. Katrina’s City? New Orleans, Race, Myth, Forced Migration and Return Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, 3 DOI Publisher Url

Doughty RJ. 2007. Manderlay (2005): Lars von Trier’s Narrative of Passing New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 5 :153-161 DOI Publisher Url 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 R, Griffiths K. 2006. Racial reflection: La haine and the art of borrowing Studies in European Cinema, 3 :117-127 DOI Publisher Url

Books (authored)

Doughty R, Etherington-Wright C. 2017. Understanding Film Theory Palgrave MacMillan. Basingstoke 978-1137528230 Publisher Url

Doughty RJ, Etherington-Wright C. 2011. Understanding Film Theory Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke 9780230217102

Harper G, Doughty R, Eisentraut J. 2009. Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media A Critical Overview Bloomsbury Academic

Garza ADL, Shaw D, Doughty R. 1920. Transnational Screens Expanding the Borders of Transnational Cinema Routledge 9780367477158


Doughty RJ, Shaw D. 2016. Teaching ‘the World’ Through Film Bennett B, Marciniak K. Teaching Transnational Cinema: Politics and Pedagogy Routledge. New York and Oxford 9781317401056

Doughty RJ. 2015. bell hooks Ness I, Cope Z. The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism Palgrave MacMillan. Houndmills, Basingstoke 978-0-230-39277-9 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Doughty RJ. 2009. African American Film Sound: Scoring Blackness Harper G, Eisentraut J, Doughty RJ. Sound and music in film and visual media :325-339 Continuum International Publishing, London 9780826458247 Public Url

Research Grants Awarded:

QR Funding, Littlewoods Heritage Project: 1 x Digital Archive Curator (Research Assistant), 2 x Museum Archive Assistants (Internships), 2 x LJMU Special Collection Interns, 1 x Facelab Intern and 1 x Web Design Intern and 1 x Historical Researcher Intern, Caroline Wilkinson LJMU, Grant value (£): 8307.55, Duration of research project: 5 months. 2022

QR Policy Support Fund, Littlewoods Heritage Project: Digital Archive Curator (Research Assistant), 4 x Museum Archive Assistant (Internships) and 2 Web Design and Content Creation (Internships), Grant value (£): £9,995.68, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2021

LJMU Funded Internship, Littlewoods Heritage Project: 4 x Museum Archive Assistants, Grant value (£): 9,955.80, Duration of research project: 10 months (20 days). 2019

Heritage Lottery, Littlewoods Heritage Project, Pete Woodbridge, Grant value (£): 48,100, Duration of research project: 18 months (Extended to 2024 due to COIVD). 2019

LJMU Funded Internship Programme, Littlewoods Heritage Project: 2 x Museum Archive Assistants (internships), Grant value (£): £1643.84, Duration of research project: 3 Months. 2019

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Internships, Littlewoods Heritage Project: 2 x Archive Researchers and Oral History Interviewers (internships), Grant value (£): 1,596.98, Duration of research project: 3 Months (12 days). 2018

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

Other invited event:

Big Ideas: Community Research Event, LJMU, Invited to talk about the Littlewoods Heritage Project. 2022

Ignite: Littlewoods Heritage Project, Leaf, Bold St, Liverpool, Talk for the general public about the Lottery Funded Littlewoods Hertiage Project: https://igniteliverpool.com/2019/09/littlewoods-heritage-project-ruth-doughty/. 2019

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

Other Professional Activity:

Above All: Inside the Littlewoods Dream Factory - Premiere Screening. 2022

Media Coverage:

Inside Out: BBC North West 2020

Radio Merseyside: Littlewoods Coffee Morning 2020

Radio Merseyside: Littlewoods Heritage Project Launch 2019

Editorial boards:

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

Conference presentation:

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

Teaching qualification:

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/.