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Victoria McCollum is from Coleraine (Northern Ireland) and holds a PhD in Film Studies and a BA (Hons) in Media Arts from Ulster University, and an MA in Film Practice from Queen’s University (Belfast). She has previously held positions at the BBC and ITV (Northern Ireland), the Irish Film Board (Ireland) and HBO (United States). She joined HBO, Time Warner Inc. at their headquarters in NYC, developing, marketing and promoting HBO's licensed products both within the U.S. and internationally. At HBO, she collaborated on projects with Apple, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, Facebook, New Line Cinema, Sesame Street, Telltale Games, Time Warner, Twitter and Universal Music Group. Victoria joined the School of Arts and Humanities at Ulster University in 2015 as a Lecturer in Cinematic Arts. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sits on the board of the Digital, Creative and Financial Technologies Group in Derry.

In 2016, Victoria was awarded the Creativity and Culture prize by Ulster University's Department of Research and Impact for demonstrating exceptional skill in communicating the purpose, meaning and impact of her research. In 2017, she won a Civic Impact Award to curate and deliver Movies in Mind, Derry ~ Londonderry's 1st Mental Health Film Festival in association with Nerve Centre and Oscar-affiliated Foyle Film Festival. In 2018, Victoria was announced Faculty Winner of the Early Career Research Excellence Award at Ulster University, and in 2020, she picked up the Early Career Educator Excellence Award.

Victoria has published a number of cutting-edge books on Film, Media and TV, including her monograph Post-9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural Horror Films in an Era of Urban Terrorism (Routledge, 2016) and volumes HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power (Routledge, 2018); Alternative Media in Contemporary Turkey: Sustainability, Activism and Resistance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018); Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear (Routledge, 2019); and Resist! Protest Media and Popular Culture in the Brexit-Trump Era (2020). Victoria's upcoming books include Bloody Women! Women Directors of Horror (2021); and Blumhouse: The New House of Horror (2021). Victoria is Co-Investigator on a Higher Education Research Capital (HERC) project that will deliver £536k investment in a new Virtual Production Facility at Ulster. She is also working on a supernatural heritage project on The Witches of Islandmagee.

Research Interests

Victoria's research interests include filmmaking, popular television and video games. She is especially interested in the cultural politics of popular culture and how it is deeply entangled with ideological positions and contemporary political, cultural and economic conflicts.

International Gothic Association / Irish Association of American Studies / Popular Culture Association of Canada / Popular Culture Association of America / Fellow of the Higher Education Academy / Media, Communication & Cultural Association / British Association of Film and Television Studies

Teaching Interests

In 2019, Victoria was a visiting lecturer at Kadir Has University (Istanbul) and College of Charleston (South Carolina). She currently supervises eight doctoral candidates within the School of Arts and Humanities

Victoria supervises the following PhD projects:

1. Tara Hegarty: Challenging Gendered Mythmaking in Representations of Female Figures in Contemporary Screen (Practice as Research)

2. Gerard Gibson: Bodies at Rest and In Motion: Space, Place and Materiality in Cinematic Horror (Practice as Research)

3. John Kavanagh: Murdering Men: Recontextualising the Slasher Subgenre’s Metanarrative, Killers, and Victims

4. Hamideh Javadi Bejandi: Diasporic Feminist Experimental Film Practice (Practice as Research)

5. Suphi Keskin: Understanding the Three Generations of Turkish Diaspora Directors in Germany

6. John Deery: Representing Suicide and Issues of Mental Health in Film (Practice as Research)

7. Kevin Gaffney: The New Homonormativity: Queer Filmmaking (Practice as Research)

8. Amanda Finch: Gender, Violence and Nationalism in Performance


Victoria currently teaches the following modules:

Advanced Editing Techniques; Art Direction & Production Design; Business of Film & Television' Cinematography; Dramatic Short Filmmaking; Final Project Theory & Practice; Horror Film: Theory & Practice.

Victoria previously taught the following modules:

Aesthetics and Politics; Film Practice Foundation; Media, Culture & Identity; Studying the Media; Psychoanalysis & Film; Media Studies & Production.

Victoria is an advisory panelist on the Employability & Professional Development Committee; the Digital Learning Committee; and the Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification


18 Jan 20161 Mar 2018

Award Date: 1 Mar 2018

PhD, Ulster University Doctoral College

1 Sep 201112 Jul 2014

Award Date: 1 Sep 2015

Master, Queen's University Belfast

1 Sep 201331 Jul 2014

Award Date: 31 Jul 2014


1 Sep 200431 Jul 2007

Award Date: 31 Jul 2007

Northern Regional College

1 Sep 200231 Jul 2004

Award Date: 31 Jul 2004

External positions

PR, Research & Product Development, HBO, Time Warner

15 Dec 201415 Dec 2015

Audience Services Agent, BBC Northern Ireland

10 Dec 20109 Nov 2011

Funded Filmmaker, Irish Film Board

19 Sep 200917 Nov 2010

Investigative Researcher, ITV

16 Jun 200722 Sep 2008


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Film Theory
  • Film Practice
  • E151 United States (General)
  • Political Culture
  • Popular Culture
  • GR Folklore
  • Halloween
  • Superstitions


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