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Dr Jon Hackett

Programme Director - Film and Communication

Dr Jon Hackett

Tel: 020 8240 4174

About Research Media


Dr Jon Hackett teaches on film and cultural theory, media history and industries, animation and popular culture. He has teaching interests in Hollywood and independent North American cinema, Japanese cinema and anime, and early cinema. He also teaches on media representations on the MA Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime. 

He has supervised undergraduate dissertations on special effects in film and television, French new wave cinema, virtual reality, and airports in the movies. He currently supervises two PhDs, on visual culture and illustration, and on film phenomenology and representations of death on screen.

Jon is currently writing a monograph for Bloomsbury, Scary Monsters: Masculinity, Monstrosity and Popular Music Culture, with Dr Mark Duffett of the University of Chester. This book will case study various popular music performers across several decades associated in varying ways with discourses on monstrosity and masculinity. 

Jon has recently published on the Sheffield post-punk band Cabaret Voltaire, as well as on the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard’s writings on cinema. He has also published on film philosophy and early cinema, as well as on 1970s glam rock. He has a book chapter in press on 1980s special effects technologies.

Before working at St Mary’s, Jon taught at Goldsmiths, University of East London and Université Paris 13. Jon has also worked in medical publishing, first of all as an editor and typesetter. Then as a publications manager he managed a portfolio of peer-reviewed journals, overseeing production, editorial, peer review, typesetting, fulfilment and distribution, in print and online.


Recent publications

In the news

The Ideas Exchange

House of Commons Event Celebrates St Mary’s Book on Pop and Englishness

An event to celebrate the launch of a book co-edited by Senior Lecturers at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Lee Brooks, Mark Donnelly and Richard Mills, was held at the House of Commons last week. Find out more...

St Mary's Symposium Explores Representations of the Forest

On Saturday 1 July 2017, the School of Arts and Humanities at St Mary’s University, Twickenham hosted a one-day research symposium with a woodland theme, entitled Beasts of the Forest: Denizens of the Dark Woods. Find out more...

Film Director Meets St Mary's Film and Media Students

Chris Blaine, one of director and writer duo the Blaine Brothers, visited St Mary’s University, Twickenham this month to speak to film and media students. Find out more...

St Mary's Symposium Explores the Sea in Popular Culture

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