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 college research ethics committee and the college 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
Deller, R., & Murphy, K. (2019). ‘Zoella hasn’t really written a book, she’s written a cheque’: Mainstream media representations of YouTube celebrities. European journal of cultural studies. http://doi.org/10.1177/1367549419861638
Deller, R. (2016). Star image, celebrity reality television and the fame cycle. Celebrity Studies, 7 (3). http://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2015.1133313
Deller, R.A., & Tilton, S. (2015). Selfies as charitable meme : charity and national identity in the #nomakeupselfie and #thumbsupforstephen campaigns. International Journal of Communication, 9 (5), 1788-1805. http://ijoc.org/
Deller, R. (2015). Simblr famous and SimSecret infamous : performance, community norms and shaming among Sims fans. Transformative Works and Cultures, 18. http://doi.org/10.3983/twc.2015.0615
Deller, R. (2015). Religion as a makeover : reality, lifestyle and spiritual transformation. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18 (3), 291-303. http://doi.org/10.1177/1367877913513687
Deller, R. (2014). The art of Neighbours gaming : Facebook, fan-crafted games and humour. Intensities : The Journal of Cult Media, 7, 97-106. https://intensitiescultmedia.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/10-deller-the-art-of-neighbours-gaming-pp-97-106.pdf
Bury, R., Deller, R.A., Greenwood, A., & Jones, B. (2013). From Usenet to Tumblr: the changing role of social media. Participations: journal of audience and reception studies, 10 (1). http://www.participations.org/index.htm
Deller, R.A., Harman, S., & Jones, B. (2013). Introduction to the special issue: Reading the Fifty Shades 'phenomenon'. Sexualities, 16 (8), 859-863. http://doi.org/10.1177/1363460713508899
Deller, R.A., & Smith, C. (2013). Reading the BDSM romance : reader responses to fifty shades. Sexualities, 16 (8), 932-950. http://doi.org/10.1177/1363460713508882
Deller, R.A. (2011). Twittering on: Audience research and participation using Twitter. Participations, 8 (1), 216-245. http://www.participations.org/Volume%208/Issue%201/deller.htm
Deller, R. (2019). Safer spaces. In Kinna, R., & Gordon, U. (Eds.) Routledge handbook of radical politics. New York: Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Radical-Politics-1st-Edition/Kinna-Gordon/p/book/9781138665422
Bell, S., & Deller, R. (2018). Endings in soap opera: Fan anticipation, speculation and reaction to EastEnders’ 30th anniversary storyline. In Williams, R. (Ed.) Everybody hurts: Endings and transitions in fandom. (pp. 87-100). University of Iowa Press: https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/2019-spring/everybody-hurts%C2%A0.htm
Deller, R. (2016). Outdoor queueing, knicker throwing and 100th birthday greetings : newspaper narratives of mature female fans. In Bennett, L., & Booth, P. (Eds.) Seeing Fans : Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture. (pp. 197-207). Bloomsbury Academic: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/seeing-fans-9781501318467/
Deller, R.A. (2014). A decade in the lives of online fan communities. In Duits, L., Zwaan, K., & Reijnders, S. (Eds.) The Ashgate research companion to fan cultures. (pp. 237-248). Farnham: Ashgate
Deller, R.A. (2013). The 7/7 Bus. In Bennett, P., & Macdougall, J. (Eds.) Barthes' "Mythologies" today : readings of contemporary culture. (pp. 118-121). Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203568422
Deller, R.A. (2012). Gender performance in American Idol, Pop Idol and The X Factor. In Zwaan, K., & de Bruin, J. (Eds.) Adapting idols: authenticity, identity and performance in a global television format. (pp. 181-194). Farnham: Ashgate
Deller, R.A. (2010). 'What the World Needs... is a Doctor'. In Smithka, P., & Lewis, C. (Eds.) Doctor Who and Philosophy. (pp. 239-247). Chicago: Open Court
Theses / Dissertations
Deller, R. (2012). Faith in view: religion and pirituality in factual Britishtelevision 2000-2009. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Attwood, F., & Blain, J.
Saputro, K.A. (2010). Engaged audiences in the mediated disaster of Mount Merapi in Indonesia 2010. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Green, G., Deller, R., & Postill, J.
Alsolamy, F. (n.d.). Social networking in higher education: academics' attitudes, uses, motivations and concerns. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Deller, R., & Adam, A.
Deller, R. (n.d.). 'Academics cry censorship, students cry trauma': Media representations of ‘safer spaces’ debates in Higher Education. Presented at: MeCCSA 2017, Leeds
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.