Senior Lecturer in Film

Division: Media Communication & Performing Arts

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Michael Stewart (BA, MPhil, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in film in the Media Communication & Performing Arts Division. He is also a full member of the Centre for Communication, Culture and Media Studies.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning

I have degrees from Moray House Edinburgh, Glasgow University, the Open University and Queen Margaret University, and have been a lecturer in film, media and cultural studies at QMU since 2000. Before this, I was a lecturer and tutor at Liverpool John Moores University and Glasgow University. My PhD is a Foucauldian and historical analysis of popular television soap operas and their consumption by teenagers. I am secretary of the Scottish Media and Communication Association, and I’m a member of the Melodrama Research Consortium. I am on the editorial board of Film Criticism. I have peer reviewed for various film, media and culture journals, and am currently a peer reviewer for European Journal of Cultural Studies; Images: The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication; and Cogent Arts and Humanities.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Secretary of the Scottish Media and Communication Association. Member of the Melodrama Research Consortium.

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

My primary research interest is film melodrama, and, alongside and related to this, genre and adaptation. My main focus is on film family melodramas – feature films about families, family relations and identities; films which include more pathos than action. I have published work on this subject in various journals, and in recent years have examined films produced in the US, the UK and Europe. I also recently edited an international collection of essays on contemporary film and television melodrama – Melodrama in Contemporary Film and Television (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). I welcome applications from PhD candidates with interests in film melodrama, film genre, film adaptation, European film, and globalised art film.

Film, media and cultural studies; narrative; genre; melodrama; realism; textual analysis; qualitative methods in film, media and cultural studies. I have led and taught on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules at three different UK universities, always in the area of film, media and cultural studies.



  • i1140 Introduction to film studies
  • i1133 Narrative and representation
  • i2145 Film genre
  • i2141 Film and creativity
  • i4152 Film and the family
  • i4141 Dissertation