Dr Victoria McCollum is a Senior Lecturer in Cinematic Arts at Ulster University, Magee.
Victoria's research interests include filmmaking, popular television and video games. She is especially interested in the cultural politics of popular culture: how what we watch and play generates meaning, and not only interacts with and situates the current state of our society but also helps shape and inform its future.
Victoria has published a number of cutting-edge books on Film, Media and TV, including her monograph Post-9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural Horror Films in an Era of Urban Terrorism (2016) and volumes HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power (2018); Alternative Media in Contemporary Turkey: Sustainability, Activism and Resistance (2018); Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear (2019); and Resist! Protest Media and Popular Culture in the Brexit-Trump Era (2020). Victoria's recent books include Bloody Women! Women Directors of Horror (2021); and Blumhouse: The New House of Horror (2021). She is Co-Investigator on a Higher Education Research Capital (HERC) project that will deliver £536k investment in a new Virtual Production Facility at Ulster. She is also working on a supernatural heritage project on The Witches of Islandmagee.
Victoria has previously held positions at BBC, ITV, MTV and HBO (Time Warner Inc), and has collaborated on projects with Apple, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, Facebook, New Line Cinema, Sesame Street, Telltale Games, Time Warner, Twitter and Universal Music Group.