Clara Kassem

School of Education

Clara has worked as a Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies at LJMU since 2011.

Clara teaches across a range of modules across the Education Studies suite of programmes. Her principal teaching interests include: disability studies; communication, language and literacy; the representation of children and education in fiction and film.

Clara’s research interests include: the representation of disability and disabled people in the media; bilingualism and bilingual education; the use of Web 2.0 technologies in teaching and learning in higher education (especially Wikipedia).

Clara's Professional Roles:
Assessment Officer for Education and Early Childhood Studies (2011-2013)
Disability Coordinator (DISCo) for the School of Education (2017-2019)
Foundation Year Coordinator for Education and Early Childhood Studies (2018-)
Link Tutor for QTVI Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment (MQTVI) (Collaborative Programme with St Vincent's, Liverpool (2018-)


Lancaster University, United Kingdom, MA Language Studies
University of Leeds, United Kingdom, PGDip Disability Studies
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
University of Salford, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2011 - present
Sessional Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, 2010 - 2011

Editorial/letter to the editor

Thyssen G, Kassem C. 2019. Introduction (Dis/Ability on Screen) SPARK, :4-12 Publisher Url

Kassem C, Thyssen G. 2018. Introduction (Film freaks: Denaturalising common views on dis/ability and education through iconic films) SPARK, :5-7


Kassem C. 2014. Engaging Students in Curriculum Content: Co-Creating Workshop Content on a Module LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference

Conference publication

Kassem C. “Athlete…disabled, differently abled, a cheat, an inspiration, or a role model”: A Corpus-based Study of the British Newspaper Coverage of Oscar Pistorius’ Concurrent Participation in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Disability Sport: Changing lives, changing perceptions?

Murphy L, Kassem D, Kassem C. The Bastardisation of the Free School: From Left Liberalism to Right Wing Tory Policies 12th Annual International Conference on Education


Individual Teaching Excellence Award, Liverpool John Moores University. 2019

Conference presentation:

Thyssen, G., Kassem, C., Dalton, E., Davies, G. and Eker, N. (2019) “Dis/Ability on Screen": Curriculum Enhancement Internship, LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Liverpool, Oral presentation. 2019

Thyssen, G., Kassem, C., Delaney, J., Mitchell, K. and Thacker, E. (2018) Film Freaks: Denaturalising Common Views on Dis/Ability and Education through Iconic Films, LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Oral presentation. 2018


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Higher Education Academy. 2014

Teaching qualification:

PG CERT Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 2014

Other Professional Activity:

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Student Internship 2017/2018 - 'Film Freaks: Denaturalising Common Views on Dis/Ability and Education Through Iconic Films' with Geert Thyssen (£3,000).

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Student Internship 2018/2019 'Dis/Ability on Screen: Film Freaks, or an Exploration of Diversity and Education On Display' - School of Education and Liverpool Screen School Collaboration with Geert Thyssen, John Maxwell and Eleanor Yule (£3,000).