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Dr Carrie DUNN

Programme leader, sports journalism

Arts and Digital Industries (ADI), Humanities and Creative Industries

Carrie Dunn is a sports journalist and academic who combines research, teaching and professional practice.

    Dr Carrie Dunn has taught all around the UK, delivering modules on cultural studies, media, and sociology. Her research interests include fandom, sport, feminism and the consumption of popular culture, and her PhD examined the experience of the female football supporter in the English professional game.

    As a journalist she writes for publications including the Times and the Guardian, and as a broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC radio, Sky News, LBC and CNN. She has covered events from the Olympics to the Ashes – and her most recent book, ‘Spandex, Screw Jobs and Cheap Pops’ is about professional wrestling in Britain.


    PhD, Sheffield Hallam University: ‘The Experience Of Female Football Fans In The English Game: A Qualitative Study’: supervisors Prof Dave Waddington and Dr Kathy Doherty; examiners Prof John Hughson and Dr Rinella Cere – awarded November 2012

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, awarded December 2015

    PGCertHE (by distance learning), University of Wales, Newport - awarded with merit 2012

    MA English, King’s College London - awarded with merit 2003

    BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, King’s College London - awarded upper second class honours degree 2002

    Associate of King’s College - awarded with distinction and winner of the First Leathes Prize 2002

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Member of the National Union of Journalists

    Mentor with Kick It Out on the 'Raise Your Game' initiative



    My research interests include sport and gender; sport spectatorship and fandom; and sport and the media.


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    Academic books
    Dunn, C (2015), Football and the Women’s World Cup: Organisation, Media and Fandom, Palgrave Pivot
    Dunn, C and Welford, J (2014), Women’s Football, Sport Governance and the Media: the History, Impact and Future of the FA Women’s Super League, Palgrave Pivot
    Dunn, C (2014), Female Football Fans: Identity, Community and Sexism, Palgrave Pivot

    Journal articles:
    Dunn, C, ‘The impact of the supporters’ trust movement on women’s feelings and practices of their football fandom’, Soccer and Society (2015)
    Dunn, C, ‘Elite footballers as role models: promoting young women's football participation’, Soccer and Society (2015)
    Dunn, C, ‘Sexy, smart and powerful: examining gender and reality in the WWE Divas’ Division’, Networking Knowledge (2015)
    Dunn, C, 'Conducting one-to-one interviews and the reliability of memory', Cases in Methodology (2013), SAGE, online

    Book chapters
    Dunn, C, ‘Gender, Pleasure, and the Look: Female Fans and Men's Soccer’, Picturing the Beautiful Game: Essays on Soccer and Visual Culture (forthcoming, Bloomsbury Academic: 2017)
    Dunn, C, ‘Gender, Women and Media Sport’, Handbook of Feminism in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (forthcoming, Palgrave: 2016)
    Dunn, C and Welford, J, ‘Elite women’s football’, Handbook of Football Studies (forthcoming, Routledge: 2016)
    Dunn, C, ‘”Most women train with mostly men, so why not wrestle them?”: the performance and experience of intergender professional wrestling in Britain’, Performance and Professional Wrestling (forthcoming, Routledge: 2016)
    Dunn, C and Hughson, J (2015), ‘Ethnography in sport-related research: influences, continuities, possibilities’, Ethnographies in Sport and Exercise Research, Routledge
    Dunn, C, 'The gendered significance of community to female football fans', in Hynes, D and  Kiernan, A (eds) (2012), Football and Its Communities, Inter-Disciplinary Press
    Dunn, C, ‘The Alien Woman: Othering and the Oriental in Torchwood’, in Ireland, A (ed) (2010), Illuminating Torchwood: Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series, McFarland Press
    Dunn, C, ‘No Consent Necessary: A Feminist Perspective on Non-Consensual Penetration in Torchwood’, in Ireland, A (ed) (2010), Illuminating Torchwood: Essays on Narrative, Character and Sexuality in the BBC Series, McFarland Press





    Dr Carrie Dunn teaches across all three years of the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism.

    Currently she is module leader for CC4514 Sports Journalism in Question, CC5515 Sports Journalism Studies, and CC6517 Sport, Media and Business. She also leads the Dissertation tuition for Level 6 students.