JP Kelly

Lecturer in Television & Digital Media

Royal Holloway, University of London



I am a lecturer in Television and Digital Media at Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of Time, Technology and Narrative Form in Contemporary US Television Drama (2017, Palgrave). My research has been published in various journal and popular outlets, including Convergence, Television & New Media, MedieKulturCritical Studies in Television, CST Online, In Media Res, and The Conversation.


I previously worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby from 2010 to 2013 where I convened a number of practice and theory-based courses. Whilst at the University of Derby my teaching spanned a wide range of media-related topics including documentary filmmaking (practice and theory), US and UK TV drama (practice and theory), television history, media research techniques and critical theory. In 2013 I began my current post as Lecturer in Television and Digital Media in the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London where I teach courses on streaming TV, digital cultures, and the history of film and television.


I completed my PhD at the University of Nottingham, where my thesis examined the emergence of new narrative temporalities in contemporary television.


My current research explores a number of different but interrelated areas including nostalgia in contemporary screen cultures, digital preservation, television interfaces, and the role of "big data" in 21st century television. Other current areas of interest include televised sports, contemporary documentary, and emerging models of television distribution.

skills | Experience | Interests

I am interested in digital humanities methodologies and regularly use programming languages such as R and Python in my research.

I am proficient in data visualisation programmes such as Tableau. You can find examples of this work on my Tableau Profile.

Regular peer-reviewer for journals including Convergence, Television & New Media, and Critical Studies in Television.


Fellowship of Higher Education Authority (FHEA) and 10+ years experience of teaching in higher education.

PhD Supervision


I currently supervise several PhD projects. These cover a range of topics, including the role of music in transmedia storytelling, magical realism in contemporary television (practice-based PhD), and storytelling in video games. 


I would be interested in supervising projects in any of the following areas: 


* storytelling on streaming TV

* video-on-demand algorithms and/or interfaces

* the "datafication" of the television industry

* the future of public service broadcasting

* histories of data in the film and television industries


If you have an idea for a project, feel free to get in touch using the contact option below, or via my Royal Holloway page.