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Dr Maria Mellins

Senior Lecturer - Film and Screen Media and Criminology and Sociology

Dr Maria Mellins

Tel: 020 8240 4194

About Research Media


Maria teaches on Film and Screen Media, and Criminology and Sociology degrees. The modules she delivers include Crime in the Media; Bodies, Gender and Sexuality; Screen Cults and Identity, and the Dissertation.

Maria is currently in the final stages of completing the Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker training (ISAC) with Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service. This underpins her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the areas of gender-based violence, stalking, homicide prevention, and the representation of these crimes in the media.

In terms of research, Maria is currently writing on the subject of stalking and the minimisation of women’s fear. The research presents the need to recognise and raise awareness of the factors involved in high-risk cases, including escalation upon relationship separation, and finality. Her research podcast, Murder and Society covers issues concerning the representation of female homicide victims in the press, victim-blaming, and ‘cautionary tales’ in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) cases.

Previously, Maria has written a number of sociological monographs, research papers, articles including her book, Vampire Culture (Bloomsbury, 2013), which is a non-fiction book that draws on her PhD in the area of subcultures: media, gender and crime.

Maria is supervising PhD students in the areas of crime, media, fairy tales and gender.


Selected publications

In the news

St Mary's Mermaid Swim School Promotes Self-Esteem in Young People

St Mary's Symposium Explores the Sea in Popular Culture

St Mary's Academic Publishes Debut Gothic Mystery Novel

St Mary's Academics Edit Clothing Culture Journal

Dr Maria Mellins and Dr Brigid Cherry from St Mary’s University, Twickenham have edited a special issue of the Clothing Cultures Journal. Find out more...

St Mary’s Conference to Discuss Fashion Culture and the Media

On Friday 11th July, St Mary’s University, Twickenham will host a conference exploring the concept of fashion and how it relates to the media. Find out more...

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