Yvonne Tasker

Yvonne Tasker is a British author and professor of media and communication in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.[1] Tasker was previously professor of film studies and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at University of East Anglia.[2]


Tasker is a prominent scholar in the field of film studies, gender and the media, and the politics of popular culture. Tasker is the author of a number of books which have made a contribution to the field of film studies including Spectacular Bodies,[3] Working Girls [4] and The Hollywood Action and Adventure Film.[5] Tasker also co-wrote, with Diane Negra, Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2007), a foundational text of postfeminism and popular culture. Tasker completed her PhD in Film Studies at the University of Warwick.[6]


Her current research includes the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer that explores the career of documentary maker Jill Craigie. The project works in partnership with Lizzie Thynne (University of Sussex) and Sadie Wearing (London School of Economics) and will create an experimental film biography of Craigie and a co-authored book.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Yvonne Tasker appointed Professor of Media and Communication". Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, University of Leeds. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Meet the Committee". UEA Student and Staff Information Portal. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  3. ^ Tasker, Yvonne (1993). Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre and the Action Cinema. Routledge. p. 216. ISBN 0415092248.
  4. ^ Tasker, Yvonne (1998). Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema. Routledge. p. 244. ISBN 0415140056.
  5. ^ Tasker, Yvonne (2015). The Hollywood Action and Adventure Film (New Approaches to Film Genre). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0470659243.
  6. ^ Yvonne, Tasker. "Spectacular bodies: gender, genre and the action cinema". University of Warwick Publications Service & WRAP. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Jill Craigie Film Pioneer". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Jill Craigie: Film Pioneer". UK Research and Innovation. Retrieved 23 May 2019.