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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Christine Grandy

I am a Senior Lecturer in History in the School of History & Heritage and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2017-18). Originally from Canada, where I completed my doctoral work at York University in Toronto under the supervision of Professor Stephen Brooke, I worked at Nipissing University (Ontario, Canada) as an Assistant Professor in Modern British History (limited term) before moving to the UK in 2012. I spent my first year in the UK teaching at Hertford College and the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford, before taking up a permanent post at the University of Lincoln in the summer of 2013. I am a social and cultural historian of media in 20th century Britain. I am currently working on my second book, titled ‘What the Audience Wants: Race, Film, and Television in Britain, 1914-1978,’ which considers racially circumscribed understandings of British audiences amongst film and television producers and regulators in the period, and efforts to contest these by the black press and organisations such as the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD). This work has been generously supported by the British Academy through both a Mid-Career Fellowship (2017-18) and Small Research Grant (2014-16). Beyond this, I am also developing another project on home movies in 20th century Britain, over 2,000 of which are housed on campus at the Media Archive for Central England (MACE). My first book, Heroes and happy endings: Class, gender, and nation in popular film and fiction in interwar Britain (MUP, 2014: pbk, 2017), concentrates on the low and middle-brow film and fiction that ordinary Britons consumed in the 1920s and 1930s and the ideological work housed in these narratives.

Department Responsibilities

Please note that I am a recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship until January 2019 and as a result, Dr Pietro Di Paola ( has taken over as Programme Leader for the MA in History. At the MA level, I teach an archive-based module on 20th century Britain which revolves around the television and film holdings of MACE. At level 3, I teach a module entitled 'Race, Media, and Screen Culture in 20th Century Britain,'. At level 2, I am part of the 20th century teaching team on 'Bright Young Things to Brexit: British Media and Society in 20th century Britain,' and at level 1 I co-coordinate ‘Empire and After: Colonialism and its Consequences,’ with Dr Sarah Longair. I’m happy to supervise students with interests in any of the following: race in 20th century Britain; mass culture and media; film and television history; gender history; class and labour on film. My office can be located in AAD 3W18.

Subject Specialism

20th century Britain; Race Relations in 20th Century Britain; Race and Screen Culture; Film and Television History; Social and Cultural History; Gender History


  • PhD — York University, 2008
  • MA — York University, 2002
  • BA — Dalhousie University, 1999


  • What the Audience Wants: Screen Culture and Race in Britain, 1918-1978 — British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship,
  • ‘What the audience wants: Popular film, television, and British audiences, 1918-1968’ — BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant,

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Research Projects

  • What the Audience Wants: Screen Culture and Race in Britain, 1918-1978 — awarded £76260 by British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship in 2018
  • What the Audience Wants: Popular film, television, and British audiences, 1918-1968’ — awarded £6085 by British Academy Leverhulme Small Research Grant in 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow
  • Royal Historical Society — Fellow