Dr Kate Gilchrist

Dr Kate Gilchrist

Guest Teacher and Visiting Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

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Languages
English
Key Expertise
Gender theory; subjectivity; postfeminism; popular culture; self-narrative

About me

Dr Kate Gilchrist is a feminist researcher and a Visiting Fellow/Guest Teacher and Academic Mentor for MSc students at LSE’s Media and Communications and Gender Studies Departments, and was formerly a Dissertation Supervisor for MA students at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. Kate was ‘Highly Commended’ in the LSE’s Class Teacher Awards in 2021.

Kate completed her ESRC-funded PhD in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE in April 2021. Her thesis focused on how feminine subjectivity is constructed through discourses of singledom, drawing upon postfeminist and psychosocial theory, using the conceptual lens of fantasy. It centred on an intersectional analysis of contemporary US-UK popular culture and self-narratives of lived experience and theorised singledom as a form of gendered performativity. It contributed to a deeper understanding of how psychic life is shaped through and by cultural discourses, and how this is experienced within women’s lived single femininity. Kate is currently adapting her thesis into a monograph. Kate has an MSc in Gender from LSE’s Department of Gender Studies, a BA in English Literature and History from the University of Sheffield, and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP. Her research interests include feminine subjectivities, gender performativity, mediated understandings of intimate life, alternative relationship practices and singlehood. Kate previously has 15 years’ experience as an editor in journalism and has worked on a voluntary basis for women's rights NGOs in Central America and Indonesia.

Expertise Details

Gender theory; subjectivity; postfeminism; popular culture; self-narrative

Research

Dr Gilchrist completed her PhD in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE in April 2021, and is currently adapting her thesis into a mongraph. 

See Dr Gilchrist's PhD Alumni profile here for a list of her recent publications.

Teaching & supervision

Kate has taught on the following courses during her time with the Department of Media and Communications and Department of Gender Studies:

  • GI402 Gender, Knowledge and Research Practice
  • MC408 Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications
  • MC416 Globalisation in the Age of Globalisation
  • MC418 Communication: Cultures and Approaches
  • MC4M1 Methods of Research in Media and Communications
  • MC499 Dissertation (as dissertation supervisor)
  • SS-IR245 International Journalism and Society - The Role of the Media in the Modern World
  • SS-IR140 Global Communications, Citizens and Cultural Politics

publications

Publications

Journal articles

Gilchrist, Kate (2021) "Silencing the single woman: Negotiating the 'failed' feminine subject in contemporary UK society". Sexualities. https://doi.org/10.1177/13634607211041100

Gilchrist, Kate. (2020) “Dysfunction, deviancy and sexual autonomy: the single female detective in primetime UK TV”. Television and New Mediahttps://doi.org/10.1177/1527476420969879

Blog articles

Gilchrist, Kate (2021) Technologies and transformations of the self: negotiating the single woman in US-UK popular culture (22 August 2021). Blog Entry.

Gilchrist, K (2019). Parents influence US teens’ attitudes to, and media practices around, gender equalityLSE Parenting for a Digital Future (27 Feb 2019). Blog Entry.

Gilchrist, K and Polizzi, G. (2019). Changing media habits mean having a conversation with children is more important than ever. LSE Parenting for a Digital Future (5 Feb 2019). Blog Entry.

Gilchrist, K. (2018). Confidence gap? The impact of gender, class and age on adults' digital literacy. LSE Parenting for a Digital Future (26 Sep 2018). Blog Entry.

Gilchrist, K. (2018). More access, less harm: children online in Europe and Latin AmericaLSE Parenting for a Digital Future (25 Apr 2018). Blog Entry.

Gilchrist, K. (2016). The ‘private’ life of US politics part two: affect, intimacy and public bathrooms. LSE Engenderings (17 Oct 2016). Blog Entry.

Gilchrist, K. (2016). The ‘private’ life of US politics part one: affect, intimacy and Trump. LSE Engenderings (10 Oct 2016). Blog Entry.

Gilchrist, K. (2015). Intersections of gender, sexuality, race and age in the privileging of coupledom. Engenderings (13 Apr 2015). Blog Entry.