Dr Katie Moylan

Associate Professor

Katie Moylan profile

School/Department: Media Communication and Sociology,School of



My research interests incorporate community radio, critical pedagogy and critical aesthetics in television. I am especially curious about the possibilities of collective cultural production--in the classroom and in a radio studio. I approach both research and teaching from a multidisciplinary theoretical standpoint foregrounding medium-specific analyses of media texts alongside critical approaches drawn from critical Indigenous theory, cultural studies, design theory, cultural geography, media studies, migration studies, and sociology--amongst others!

Prior to starting at Leicester University I lectured in media at the University of Ireland - Maynooth, teaching modules in cultural theory and media policy. Before this I worked as a features journalist, radio producer and presenter and arts and film reviewer in Irish print and broadcast media before returning to academia.


In 2019 I began a two-year EU Skłodowska-Curie Global Research Fellowship to conduct in-depth research into Indigenous community-led radio in urban and rural contexts in the US, hosted for the first year at the University of Texas at Arlington. Projects emerging from this Fellowship explore diverse ways in which Indigenous programming enables community self-determination and representation through locally produced tribally-specific content and collective practices. Open access articles emerging from this research can be found in my Publications.

Working with radio station practitioners, I have developed a map of Indigenous radio stations in what is termed the US. This is a work in progress.



The Cultural Work of Community Radio. Rowman & Littlefield, 2019     

Broadcasting Diversity: Migrant Representation in Irish Radio. Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2013  

Digital Artefact

2021: Sovereignty of the Air: Mapping Indigenous Radio. Practitioner-reviewed online interactive map of Indigenous radio stations., DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.13176869.v1 

Co-authored articles

2022: Ekezie, W; A. Maxwell, M. Byron, B. Czyznikowska, I. Osman, K. Moylan, S. Gong and M. Pareek. ‘Health Communication and Inequalities in Primary Care Access during the COVID-19 Pandemic among Ethnic Minorities in the United Kingdom: Lived Experiences and Recommendations', November 2022. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19 (22): DOI:10.3390/ijerph192215166

2022: With Sheila Nanaeto: '“Indigenous for Days”: Indigenous Internationalism in Native American Music Radio', Global South Special Issue: Radio Cultures of the Global South. Volume 15, Number 2, Spring 2022, pp. 176-192. Open access.

Articles and chapters on radio 

2023: ‘Greater than the sum of its parts: Community-building approaches across community radio’, Bloomsbury Handbook of Radio, edited by Chignell, H. and K. McDonald, Bloomsbury Press, 2023, 245 - 256.

2022: Review essay: ‘Re-imagining radio scholarship: An overview of new books in radio and podcast studies', Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media, Volume 20 (2), Winter 2022, 249-252.

2022: '‘"Welcome to a Coronavirus production": Beyond Bows and Arrows’ Indigenous on-air community-building during lockdown', International Journal of Cultural Studies 1 -17, 2022. Open access.

2022: 'Research avenues for amplifying Indigenous radio', Open Research Europe, February 2022. Open access.

2021: ‘"Our Hearts Through Our Voices": Community Building in Hopi Radio During COVID-19'. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 21(1), 20-32. 2021. Open access.

2021: 'Coming to Voice: Community Radio Production as Critical Pedagogy', European Journal of Cultural Studies, Spring 2021. Open access.    

2018: 'Accented Radio: Articulations of British Caribbean Experience and Identity in UK Community Radio', Global Media and Communication 14 (3), Summer 2018, 283-299.     

2018: 'Accented Radio in Miami and New Orleans', in Badenoch, A. and Follmer, G. (eds.) Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to an Old Medium. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018. 

2009: 'Migrant Produced Programming in Dublin', in J. Gordon (ed.), Notions of Community: A Collection of Community Media Debates and Dilemmas. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009, 109 - 126.  

Articles and chapters on film and television

2019: 'Mediating the Real: Treme's Activated Aesthetic', Critical Studies in Television 14 (3), August 2019: 307-321.  

2017: 'Uncanny TV: Estranged Space and Subjectivity in Les Revenants and Top of the Lake', Television and New Media, published online October 2015 and in print 2017:     

2014: 'Aliens Dancing at the Crossroads: Science Fiction Interventions in Irish Cinema', in S. Fritzsche (ed.), World Science Fiction Film: A Critical Anthology. Liverpool University Press, 2014.     

2012: ' "Is Space Political?": Oppositional Strategies in Treme', Mediascape (Winter 2012).

2012: '“Nothing is what it appears to be”: Event Fidelity and Critique in Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse’, Science Fiction Film and Television Journal, Vol. 5 (1), Spring 2012, 67 - 84. 


I welcome enquiries from students interested in radio, especially community radio (content, production, structures); radio textuality, and radio and 'nation'. I would also welcome students interested in science fiction television and/or television aesthetics.


In collaboration with EAVA FM practitioners here in Leicester I developed and co-teach on a production-led undergraduate module Community Radio in Practice in which students produce their own community-facing programmes broadcast live on EAVA FM. This module provides training in community radio from community radio practitioners, in turn enabling development of student knowledge about the value of community-produced media.

Semester 1 (2021/22): Global Film Cultures (UG)

Semester 2: Community Radio in Practice (UG) Television Studies (UG) 

Press and media

radio; community radio; local radio; radio responses to COVID-19; representations of race and/or gender and/or class on television 


EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Research Fellow (2019 - 2021)


MA English Literature and Film and Television Studies (University of Glasgow)

MA Culture and Colonialism (National University of Ireland - Galway)

PhD Media and Cultural Studies (Irish Research Council Scholar, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Technological University Dublin)


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