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Katherine Whitehurst

Katherine Whitehurst

Director of Teaching and Learning
LEAD Centre

Research interests

Katherine is interested in the intersection between education and media. Having come from a media studies background where she explored cultural constructs of women, age and race on screen, Katherine has drawn on her understanding of media to consider how media might be used to enhance higher education teaching. She is particularly interested in technology and education, blended learning and universal design for learning. 

More information



Whitehurst, K. (2022). Negotiating East and West When Representing Childhood in Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. In Oxford Handbook of Children's Film. Oxford University Press.



Whitehurst, K. (2021). Precious Identity, Adaptation and the African American Youth Film. Routledge.


Whitehurst, K. (2021). Youth Films and the Nation: Imagining Obama's American Foreign Policy in Disney’s Moana. Narrative Culture. doi:10.13110/narrcult.8.1.0155



Whitehurst, K. F. (2019). Genre and Female Ageing in Two Contemporary Filmic Adaptations of “Snow White”. Age, Culture, Humanities, (4). Retrieved from https://ageculturehumanities…



Whitehurst, K. F. (2018). The Aged Woman as Specter in Two Filmic Adaptations of “Snow White”. Marvels and Tales: journal of fairy-tale studies, 32(2), 388-405. doi:10.13110/marvelstales.32.2.0388


Whitehurst, K. F. (2018). Growing Up in Magical Time: Representations of Female Growth and Development in ABC's Once Upon a Time. Narrative Culture, 5(1), 1-14. doi:10.13110/narrcult.5.1.0001


Whitehurst, K. F. (2018). Review: Television Antiheroines: Women Behaving Badly in Crime and Prison Drama, Milly Buonanno (Ed.) (2017). Journal of Popular Television, 6(1), 137-139.



Whitehurst, K. (2017). Stories of Motherhood and Ageing in ABC’s Television Programme Once Upon a Time. In Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture (pp. 129-145). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-63609-2_8