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Dr Mareike Jenner

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Film, media and communication studies
Research Supervision:

Mareike is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies who works on television genre and video-on-Demand. Her monograph on American TV detective drama was published in 2015 by Palgrave.

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Mareike received her PhD in Film and Television Studies from Aberystwyth University in 2013. Her PhD dealt with issues of 'truth-finding' in American TV detective dramas, exploring genre discourses in relation to modern and postmodern society. Her PhD led to the monograph American TV Detective Drama, published by Palgrave in 2015.

She then refocused her research on streaming and television cultures, which culminated in the publication of her monograph Netflix and the Re-Invention of Television (Palgrave, 2018) and the edited collection Binge-Watching and Contemporary Television Research (EUP, 2021). Her current work deals with action TV, reboots, and television and class cultures.

Spoken Languages


Research interests

  • Television genre
  • Contemporary American television
  • American television history
  • Streaming culture
  • Nostalgia and television culture
  • Representational politics
  • Television cultures

Areas of research supervision

  • Television Crime Genre
  • Teen TV
  • Television Studies
  • Streaming Cultures
  • Contemporary Television
  • American Television History
  • Transnational Television
  • Representation and Television
  • Class and Television

Current PhD Supervisions:

  • Dima Wannous, representations of Gender in Children’s Media
  • Katelin Wall, Trauma in Serial Killer Fiction


  • Media, Culture, and Power (Media and Communication, Level 4)
  • Introduction to Television Studies (Media and Communication, Level 4)
  • Television Genres (Media and Communication, Level 5)


  • PhD, Aberystwyth University
  • Magister, Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Networking Knowledge
  • Meccsa

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Primary Investigator
  • British Academy
  • Small Grant

Selected recent publications


Netflix and the Re-Invention of Television. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2018.

American TV Detective Drama: Serial Investigations. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.


Book Chapter: 'Introduction' in: Binge-watching and Contemporary Television Research. EUP: 2021.

Book Chapter: 'Transnationalising Genre: Netflix Originals and Teen Drama' in: Binge-watching and Contemporary Television Research. EUP: 2021.

'Researching Binge-Watching' in: Critical Studies in Television. 2020.

'Control Issues: Binge-Watching, Channel-Surfing and Cultural Value' in: Participations, Vol 16 (2), December 2019.

with Horeck, T., Kendall, T. 'On Binge-Watching: Nine Critical Propositions', in Critical Studies in Television, December 2018.

'Genre, Cycles and Sunshine Noir Television' in: Journal of Popular Television, July 2017.

'"Binge-Watching: Video-on-Demand, Quality TV and Mainstreaming Fandom" in: International Journal of Cultural Studies, September 2016.

'Is this TV4? On Netflix, Arrested Development and Binge-Watching', in New Media & Society, July 2015.

'"We Need to Talk About Jack": On Representations of Homosexuality in Teen Soaps' (2014) In: Pullen, Chris (ed.) Queer Youth and Media Cultures. London: Palgrave

'Conclusion: Genre and Video-on-Demand'
'The Crime Series'
'The Detective Series'
'House, M.D.'
'The Wire'
'Grey’s Anatomy'
'Sherlock', co-authored with Lisa Richards,
In: Creeber, Glen (ed.) The Television Genre Book, 3rd Edition, London: BFI, 2015.

'"I can’t even imagine what it’s gonna be like here without him": Friendship and Queer Theory in American Teen Soap' in: In-Spire, Summer 2011.

Recent presentations and conferences


Media experience