I am a Reader in Media and Communications, and I also teach on several media related modules. My research and teaching interests are varied but involve thinking about media representations of religion and gender, fan and audience studies, soap opera, celebrity, social media and reality/factual television.
I'm interested in media in all its shapes and forms and this is one of the reasons why I enjoy working in the Media Arts and Communications department at Sheffield Hallam University, which offers a broad spectrum of courses and modules in these areas. I currently teach modules on audience research, celebrity culture and media identities and representations, as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research.
I'm interested in supervising PhD students in a range of areas relating to media and communication, especially social media, media representations, media audiences, celebrity or fan studies.
I have published widely on topics such as religion and the media, social networking, gender in the media, media fandom, media audiences, soap opera, celebrity, social justice, research ethics and factual TV. I'm currently working on a monograph about religion on television and articles on YouTube celebrity (with Kathryn Murphy), soap opera and religious celebrity.
I am also a member of my faculty research ethics committee and the faculty validation panel. For several years I served as a programme leader for courses in the communications area and have an interest in curriculum design, student experience and interdisciplinary teaching and research.
I am a regular contributor to television and radio, as 'Dr Ruth' I am a regular film and media expert for Radio Sheffield and always happy to liaise with media and external organisations. I enjoy running workshops for community groups, which I have done on topics such as women's magazines and social justice practices.
Outside of my work here, I am actively involved in amateur theatre. I also write for several entertainment websites and have recently completed my first novel.
Specialist areas of interest
Media and religion
Fans and audiences
Reality and factual television
Media and Photography
Public Relations and Media
Media Identities and Representations
Collaborators and sponsors
PhD funded by AHRC 2008-11
BELL, Stuart and DELLER, Ruth (2017). Endings in soap opera: Fan anticipation, speculation and reaction to EastEnders’ 30th anniversary storyline. In: WILLIAMS, Rebecca, (ed.) Everybody hurts: Endings and transitions in fandom. University of Iowa Press, 87-100. (In Press)
DELLER, Ruth (2016). Outdoor queueing, knicker throwing and 100th birthday greetings : newspaper narratives of mature female fans. In: BENNETT, Lucy and BOOTH, Paul, (eds.) Seeing Fans : Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture. Bloomsbury Academic, 197-207.
DELLER, Ruth (2016). Star image, celebrity reality television and the fame cycle. Celebrity Studies. (In Press)
DELLER, Ruth (2015). Religion as a makeover : reality, lifestyle and spiritual transformation. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18 (3), 291-303.
DELLER, Ruth A and TILTON, Shane (2015). Selfies as charitable meme : charity and national identity in the #nomakeupselfie and #thumbsupforstephen campaigns. International Journal of Communication, 9 (5), 1788-1805.
DELLER, Ruth (2015). Simblr famous and SimSecret infamous : performance, community norms and shaming among Sims fans. Transformative Works and Cultures, 18.
DELLER, Ruth A (2014). A decade in the lives of online fan communities. In: DUITS, Linda, ZWAAN, Koos and REIJNDERS, Stijn, (eds.) The Ashgate research companion to fan cultures. Ashgate Research Companions . Farnham, Ashgate, 237-248.
DELLER, Ruth (2014). The art of Neighbours gaming : Facebook, fan-crafted games and humour. Intensities : The Journal of Cult Media, 7, 97-106.
DELLER, Ruth A, HARMAN, Sarah and JONES, Bethan (2013). Introduction to the special issue: Reading the Fifty Shades 'phenomenon'. Sexualities, 16 (8), 859-863.
DELLER, Ruth A and SMITH, Clarissa (2013). Reading the BDSM romance : reader responses to fifty shades. Sexualities, 16 (8), 932-950.
DELLER, Ruth A (2013). The 7/7 Bus. In: BENNETT, Peter and MACDOUGALL, Julian, (eds.) Barthes' "Mythologies" today : readings of contemporary culture. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies . Routledge, 118-121.
BURY, Rhiannon, DELLER, Ruth A, GREENWOOD, Adam and JONES, Bethan (2013). From Usenet to Tumblr: the changing role of social media. Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 10 (1).
DELLER, Ruth A (2012). Gender performance in American Idol, Pop Idol and The X Factor. In: ZWAAN, Koos and DE BRUIN, Joost, (eds.) Adapting idols: authenticity, identity and performance in a global television format. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series . Farnham, Ashgate, 181-194.
DELLER, Ruth (2012). Faith in view: religion and pirituality in factual British television 2000-2009. Doctoral, Sheffield Hallam University.
DELLER, Ruth A (2011). Twittering on: Audience research and participation using Twitter. Participations, 8 (1), 216-245.
Ruth (aka 'Dr Ruth') Is a reader and principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University whose work covers a range of aspects of media and communication. Her main areas of research include fan and audience studies, celebrity, television, social media, gender, and religion although her teaching and research covers a broad spectrum of topics. She is a regular contributor to Radio Sheffield providing, film and media reviews, and has been interviewed for a number of documentaries and publications on a variety of topics.
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