Academic writing

Pre-print versions of many of the texts below can be found via my ResearchGate page. If you’re interested in accessing a firewalled article or chapter, feel free to email me.


Lovers not fighters: Afropolitan masculinity in two South African romcoms‘. Safundi. Published online 13 December 2022.

Consuming Africa: safari aesthetics in the Johannesburg beauty industry‘. Consumption, Markets and Culture. Published online 11 June 2021

Expat anxieties: Risk and safety in Cape Town, South Africa and Santiago de Chile‘. European Journal of Cultural Studies. Published online 2 June 2021

With Callan Dunn. ‘You’ve Got to Be Real: Authenticity, Performativity and Micro-Celebrity in South Africa‘. Frontiers in Sociology. Published online 7 May 2021

On Moral Panic: Some Directions for Further Development’. Critical Sociology, 46.2 (2020)

With Candy Sithole. ‘Mother, cousins, sisters, friends: Black South African relations in Date My Family.’ Journal of Critical Diversity Studies. 2.2 (2019).

The Exhibited Corpse: Spectacle and Display in Body Worlds Johannesburg’. Critical Arts 32:5-6 (2018)

Sex and the Devil: Homosexuality, Satanism and Moral Panic in Late Apartheid South Africa’. Men and Masculinities. Published online 27 May 2018

“The Devil Destroyed Us”: Satanism and Gender Violence in Contemporary South Africa’. Journal of Feminist Media Studies 17.3 (2017)

ENG/AFR: White Men in Two Contemporary South African Films’. Critical Arts 30.1 (2016)

Out the Back: Race and Reinvention in Johannesburg’s Garden Cottages’. International Journal of Cultural Studies 19.6 (2016)

A “Bloody Epidemic”: Whiteness and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa’. Safundi 14.3 (2013)

Heroes with a Half Life: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and America’s Repression of Radiophobia after Chernobyl’. Journal of Popular Culture 46.5 (2013)

“Satan Has Come to Rietfontein”: Race in South Africa’s Satanic Panic’. Journal of Southern African Studies 38.4 (2012)

The Father, the Failure and the Self-Made Man: Masculinity in Mad Men’. Critical Quarterly 54.3 (2012)

Apartheid’s Demons: Satanism and Moral Panic in South Africa’. Hagar: Studies in Culture, Politics and Identity 9.2 (2010)

Hard Bodies and Sidelong Looks: Spectacle and Fetish in 1980s Action Cinema’. Excursions 1.1 (2010)


‘White victimhood and social change’. In Clive Barnett & Richard Ballard (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Social Change. (London: Routledge, 2022)

With Martin J. Murray. ‘Surveillance technology’. In Martin J. Murray, The Infrastructures of Security: Technologies of Risk Management in Johannesburg. (Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2022)

‘Morality, anxiety and meaning in the media’. In Sarah Chiumbu & Mehita Iqani (eds), Media Studies: Critical African and Decolonial Approaches. (Johannesburg: Oxford University Press Southern Africa, 2020)

‘Patriarchy and Power in the South African News: Competing coverage of the case of Anene Booysen’. In Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner & Stuart Allan (eds), Journalism, Gender and Power. (London: Routledge. 2019)

‘Satanism and Moral Panic in South Africa’. In Egil Asprem, Asbjørn Dyrendal and David Robertson (eds), Handbook of Conspiracy Theory and Contemporary Religion. (Netherlands: Brill, 2018)

With  Mehita Iqani. ‘Race, Privilege and the Personal: Pedagogical Encounters in the Post-Apartheid Media Studies Classroom’. In Ruksana Osman and David Hornsby (eds), Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (London: Palgrave, 2017)

‘Godard’s Women’ in Laura Mulvey & Colin MacCabe (eds), Godard’s Contempt: New Essays (London: Wiley, 2012)

‘Arnie at the Gates: Race, Barbarity and Star Persona in Conan’ in Jonas Prida (ed), Conan Meets the Academy: Multidisciplinary Essays on the Enduring Barbarian (Carolina: McFarland, 2012)

‘“I’ll Be Black”: Race and Technophobia in 1980s Action Cinema’ in Celestino Deleyto & María del Mar Azcona (eds), Generic Attractions: New Essays in Film Genre Criticism (Paris: Michel Houdiard Éditeur 2010).


With Urvashi Butalia. ‘Making feminist sense in the global south: An interview with Urvashi Butalia‘. Feminist Theory. Published online 5 January 2022.

Review of Alana Lentin, Why Race Still Matters. International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies 3.1 (2020).

Review of Jean Comaroff & John L. Comaroff, The Truth About Crime. Journal of Southern African Studies 44.3 (2017).

Smooth dudes and fucked up kids: Black masculinity in two contemporary South African films’. Comment, Journal of Feminist Media Studies 16.1 (2016).

Review of Shalini Shankar, Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian American Consumers. Ethnic and Racial Studies 40.3 (2016).

Review of Jemima Pierre, The Predicament of Blackness: Race in Postcolonial Ghana. Africa, 86.3 (2016).

Review of Isak Niehaus, Witchcraft and a Life in the New South Africa. Safundi, 15.1 (2014).

Review of Jonathan Markovitz, Racial Spectacles: Explorations in Media, Race and Justice. Ethnic and Racial Studies 36.7 (2013).