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Dr Kate Gilchrist
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) in Digital Media: Critical Studies
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Dr Kate Gilchrist is a feminist media researcher. Her research interests include feminine subjectivities, gender performativity, mediated understandings of intimate life, alternative relationship practices and singlehood. As well as her position as Lecturer (Teaching) Digital Media: Critical Theory at UCL, she is a Visiting Fellow/Guest Teacher for MSc students at LSE’s Media and Communications and Gender Studies Departments. She was formerly a Dissertation Supervisor for MA students at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London.


Research Summary
Dr Kate Gilchrist completed her PhD in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE in April 2021. Her thesis focused on how feminine subjectivity is constructed through discourses of singledom, drawing upon postfeminist and psychosocial theory, using the conceptual lens of fantasy. It centred on an intersectional analysis of contemporary US-UK popular culture and self-narratives of lived experience and theorised singledom as a form of gendered performativity. It contributed to a deeper understanding of how psychic life is shaped through and by cultural discourses, and how this is experienced within women’s lived single femininity. Kate is currently adapting her thesis into a monograph. Kate has an MSc in Gender from LSE’s Department of Gender Studies, a BA in English Literature and History from the University of Sheffield, and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP. 
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