Alan O'Leary, Ph.D.

Department of Media and Journalism Studies · Aarhus University, Denmark — Associate Professor

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies · University of Leeds, United Kingdom — Visiting Researcher

Research Areas

  • Media Theory
  • Popular Culture
  • Television and Film

Ongoing Projects

The Creative Potential of Evolving Constraints in Peer-to-Peer Reciprocal Coaching

Highlighted publications


Alan has authored or co-edited several books and published many articles on cinema and, more recently, videographic criticism. His work has focused especially on terrorism in Italian cinema, questions of pleasure, cultural distinction and the popular, and film and history. He began making videographic (audiovisual) criticism following attendance in 2018 at the famous workshop devoted to the practice held annually at Middlebury College, and has published several videoessays. He is currently developing a poetics of constraint-based scholarship in videographic form, and continues to collaborate with dance artist Marie Hallager Andersen on their shared project Parameters and Practice.

Alan has been Associate Professor of Film and Media in Digital Contexts since January 2021. Before that he was Professor of Film and Cultural Studies in the Centre for World Cinemas & Digital Cultures, University of Leeds, where he is still Visiting Researcher. His first degree was a BA Art & Social Context from Dartington College of Arts. He later studied Italian and English at Trinity College, Dublin, before going on to study for an MPhil in European Literature and then a PhD at Cambridge (Wolfson College). He has taught graduate courses at the University of Mumbai and The Ohio State University and taught classes and presented his work in many universities around the world.