Professor Jo Littler

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Professor Jo Littler




Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


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Jo's work analyses changing cultures of inequality in society in relation to gender, ‘race’ and class.

Jo’s work analyses changing cultures of inequality across media and society. Her books include Left Feminisms (2023); with The Care Collective, The Care Manifesto (2020); Against Meritocracy (2018); Radical Consumption (2008); and, with Roshi Naidoo, The Politics of Heritage (2005). She co-edits European Journal of Cultural Studies and is part of the editorial collective for Soundings: A Journal of Politics & Culture.

She is a regular invited speaker at public events. Besides academic conferences, these have included talks for the Equality Trust, an APPG group on social mobility in parliament, the Canadian Worldviews union lecture, the Barbican and the Young Vic. Her work has featured on ABC Radio Australia, US National Public Radio, The Guardian, Il Manifesto and El Pais. She is a Trustee for the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust and a judge of the 2023 Stuart Hall Essay Prize.

In 2023-4 she is working on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship on 'Ideologies of Inequality'.

Grants and awards

2024: Leverhulme Research Fellowship
Ideologies of Inequality

Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Wiliamson, Milly and Littler, Jo. 2017. Rich TV. Poor TV: Work, Leisure and the Construction of "Deserved Inequality" in Contemporary Britain. In: June Deery and Andrea Press, eds. Media and Class: TV, Film, and Digital Culture. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 146-161. ISBN 9781315387970

Couldry, Nick and Littler, Jo. 2008. The Work of Work: Reality TV and the Negotiation of Neoliberal Labour in "The Apprentice". In: Thomas Austin and Wilma De Jong, eds. Rethinking Documentary: New Perspectives and Practices. Maidenhead: Open University Press, pp. 258-267. ISBN 9780335221929


Curran-Troop, Hannah; Gill, Rosalind and Littler, Jo. 2024. What is ‘freelance feminism’? European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494

Littler, Jo. 2024. The female entrepreneur: Fragments of a genealogy. European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494

Chatzidakis, Andreas and Littler, Jo. 2022. An anatomy of carewashing: corporate branding and the commodification of care during Covid-19. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 25(2-3), pp. 268-286. ISSN 1367-8779

Conference or Workshop Item

Williamson, Milly and Littler, Jo. 2018. '‘Rich TV/Poor TV’: Work, leisure and the construction of ‘deserved inequality’'. In: 68th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association: Voices. Prague, Czech Republic 24 - 28 May 2018.