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Dr John Quinn is a lecturer in Screen and Performance at the University of the West of Scotland. Working within the division of Arts & Media, John’s research explores the narratives and cultural politics of popular culture. With a particular focus on popular film and television, John’s recent publications have explored professional wrestling as an intersection between transmedia storytelling and high concept cinema, and offered multimodal discourse analysis as a means of understanding the abstracted relations that pervade and sculpt sports entertainment. 

In addition to his primary research, John also has a keen interest in teaching, learning and assessment, and has a secondary research area exploring innovative pedagogies in higher education. John’s recent research in this area, externally funded by the Innovation and Development Fund of the Scottish Library and Information Council, focused on challenging traditional educational hierarchies. Recent reports and papers from this project have proposed methodologies for improving information literacy engagement via student-led non-hierarchical collaborative learning activities.

Current research activities

John's current research projects continue his exploration of sports entertainment, demonstrating how the paratexts of professional wrestling function to disrupt traditional textual hierarchies to simultaneously configure, and be configured by, consumer experiences, and branch out into the analysis of genre cinema to explore notions of hegemonic masculinity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, establishing how such masculinities interact with the aesthetics of the supergendered to reinforce and valorise traditional gender roles and behaviours.

Desired research direction

John's forthcoming research projects include:

  • Liminal Space & Claustrophobia in the works of John Carpenter  
  • Beyond the Space Jockey: Liminal Paratexts in the Alien Universe 
  • Keeping it Simple: Exposition, Set Pieces and the Spectacle of the Supergendered Ideal in Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Popular Film & Television 
  • Assessment in Higher Education 


  • PN1993 Motion Pictures
  • Screenwriting
  • Semiotics
  • Narratology
  • PN1990 Broadcasting
  • Paratext
  • Convergence
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Rubrics
  • Assessment
  • sustainablity,

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Research Output 2009 2019

Sports entertainment: toward a high concept of professional wrestling

Quinn, J., 5 Mar 2019, Convergent wrestling: participatory culture, transmedia storytelling, and intertextuality in the squared circle. Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, (The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Consumer products

The Pre-Tech

Quinn, J., 12 Apr 2019, 365 Tomorrows.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
Roland Barthes
Process of Reading

Analysing discourse in sports entertainment through multiple modalities

Quinn, J. & Silveira, C., 2 Apr 2018, In : The Popular Culture Studies Journal. 6, 1, p. 189-203 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
discourse analysis
social media

Radge politics: satire and Scottish identity

Silveira, C., Leith, M., Quinn, J. & Flynn, R., 10 Apr 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
national identity


Court Medal

John Quinn (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

research method

Court Medal

John Quinn (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Motion Pictures

UWS Star Awards Nomination

John Quinn (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


UWS Star Awards Nomination

John Quinn (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


UWS Star Awards Nomination

John Quinn (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2017 2019

Professional Wrestling Studies Association (External organisation)

John Quinn (Member)
18 Feb 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group (Publisher)

John Quinn (Peer reviewer)
11 Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Research in practice 2

John Quinn (Chair)
18 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Building Connected Commentaries in Feedback Studio'

John Quinn (Speaker)
7 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Studio Lab Live Play Festival 2017

John Quinn (Organiser)
1 Feb 201714 Feb 2017

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


discourse analysis
national identity