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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 focuses on the notion of masculinity in superhero cinema, and the paratextual ecosystem surrounding ‘drillable’ cinematic franchises.

John’s forthcoming publications explore:

  • Fan curation of the Alien cinematic mythos via morphogenetic YouTube paratexts.
  • The Deadpool cinematic franchise as an expression of the complex crisis of masculinity.
  • The populist aesthetics of masculinity in Philip’s Joker (2019)
  • Supergendered modes of representation in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

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

Beyond the space jockey: YouTube, morphogenetic paratexts and the alien universe

Quinn, J., 10 Jun 2020, In : Cinephile. 14, 1, p. 34-39 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    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

    Open Access
  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    The Pre-Tech

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

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access
  • 10 Downloads (Pure)

    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
  • Prizes

    Court Medal

    Quinn, John (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Court Medal

    Quinn, John (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • UWS Star Awards Nomination

    Quinn, John (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    UWS Star Awards Nomination

    Quinn, John (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • UWS Star Awards Nomination

    Quinn, John (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    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