My teaching areas include US and global film history and screen culture, with particular interest in contemporary East Asian popular and art cinemas and American independent and alternative film since the 1960s. I also teach extensively in the area of transnational film and television, dealing with international cultural flows, particularly those involving East Asia, North America and Europe. My teaching addresses as well genres and stars in historical and international contexts. Overall, my teaching builds on research interests in production, reception and representation. My Nottingham modules have included Transnational Media, Film History 2 (1945-Present), The New Hollywood, Film and Television Genres: The Global Action Cinema, Television Cultures, Approaches to Film and Television, Representing Reality, and the MA modules Film Histories and Hollywood at Home and Abroad.
My current research focuses on contemporary US, East Asian and global cinema and television, with particular interests in East Asian cinema (particularly Hong Kong's and China's), American independent cinema, film stars in global context, screen authorship, production cultures, and film and television industries. I work also with documentary film, television, and emerging online media.
I am a member of the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies Executive Committee.
My existing publications include the following (see also the list under the 'Publications' tab):
Books: East Asian Film Noir
(co-edited with Chi-Yun Shin, I.B. Tauris, 2015) ***** Another Steven Soderbergh Experience: Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood (University of Texas Press, 2013). ***** Action Figures: Men, Action Films and Contemporary Adventure Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). ***** Articles: 'Batman in East Asia', in Roberta Pearson, William Uricchio and Will Brooker (eds.), Many More Lives of the Batman (BFI Publishing/Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). ***** 'On Javier Bardem's Sex Appeal', Transnational Cinemas 5.2 (October 2014). *****
'Stallone and Hollywood in Transition', in Chris Holmlund, ed., The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur (Columbia University Press, 2014). *****
'Masculinity in Film'. Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies. Available at: <http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com> (Oxford University Press, 2013). *****
'Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Film Sound: Dolby Laboratories and Changing Industrial Practices' (co authored with Julian Stringer). Journal of Chinese Cinemas 7.3 (November 2013). ***** 'Alain Delon, International Man of Mystery', in Russell Meeuf and Raphael Raphael, eds., Transnational Stardom: International Celebrity in Film and Popular Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). ***** 'Male Style and Race in the Neo-Retro Heist Film', in Timothy Shary, ed., Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2013). ***** 'Discerning Independents: Steven Soderbergh and Transhistorical Taste Cultures', in Yannis Tzioumakis, Claire Molloy and Geoff King, eds., American Independent Cinema: Indie, Indiewood and Beyond (Routledge, 2013). ***** ' "Would You Rather Spend More Time Making Serious Cinema?": Hero and Tony Leung's Polysemic Masculinity', in Gary Rawnsley and Ming-Yeh Rawnsley, eds., Global Chinese Cinema: The Culture and Politics of 'Hero' (Routledge, 2010). ***** ' "Be Patient, Dear Mother ... Wait For Me": The Neo-Infirmity Film, Female Illness and Contemporary Cinema'. Feminist Media Studies 9.2 (June 2009). ***** 'Traffic/Traffik: Race, Globalization and Family in Soderbergh's Remake' in Jack Boozer, ed., Authorship in Film Adaptation (University of Texas Press, 2008). ***** 'Rumble in the USA: Jackie Chan in Translation', in Andy Willis, ed., Film Stars: Hollywood and Beyond (Manchester University Press, 2004). ***** 'Queer Eye for the Heterosexual Couple'. Feminist Media Studies 4.2 (2004). ***** 'Tripped Out: The Psychedelic Film and Masculinity'. Quarterly Review of Film and Video 21.3 (2004). ***** 'What's So Funny About Iron Chef?' The Journal of Popular Film and Television 31.4 (Winter 2004). ***** 'Lens on a Hardbody: Cult Documentary and Class Politics'. Journal of Film and Video 55.4 (Winter 2003). ***** 'Men in Tights: Sport and Representation in the 2000 Olympics Telecasts'. Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 45 (Fall 2002). Available at http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc45.2002/gallagher/index.html. ***** 'I Married Rambo: Spectacle and Melodrama in the Hollywood Action Film', in Christopher Sharrett, ed., Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media (Wayne State University Press, 1999). ***** 'Masculinity in Translation: Jackie Chan's Transcultural Star Text'. The Velvet Light Trap 39 (Spring 1997).
Future research projects include a book-length work on male film stars in global context, emphasizing transnational mobility across geographic borders, production environments and reception cultures.