© 2019 Victoria McCollum

Victoria McCollum, PhD

Lecturer in Cinematic Arts at Ulster University

Lecturer. Author. Creator. Speaker. Interested in Culture, Education and Film. Based in NI.


Victoria McCollum is from Coleraine (Northern Ireland) and holds a PhD in Film Studies and a BA Hons (1st) in Media Arts from Ulster University, and an MA (with Distinction) in Film Practice from Queen's University (Belfast). She has previously held positions at the BBC and ITV in Northern Ireland, where she worked as an investigative researcher and co-producer on broadcast TV content.


In 2010, Victoria was selected and funded by the Irish Film Board to co-write, produce and co-direct a short film. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy premiered at The 22nd Galway Film Fleadh and was screened at over 15 international film festivals in 11 different countries. The film was also selected by the Irish Film Institute to open the première of award-wining French drama Tomboy. In 2014, Victoria joined HBO, Time Warner Inc. at their headquarters in NYC, developing, marketing and promoting HBO's licensed products both within the U.S. and internationally. This involved working with several of HBO's leading partners, such as Apple, Cartoon Network, Cinemax, Facebook, New Line Cinema, Sesame Street, Telltale Games, Time Warner, Twitter and Universal Music Group. She has been involved in events associated with the Writers Guild of AmericaTribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Academy. Victoria is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Digital, Creative and Financial Technologies board for Derry City.


Victoria joined the School of Arts and Humanities at Ulster University in 2015 as a Lecturer in Cinematic Arts. Her most recent research examines how horror films deal with memory, ideology, and the often competing claims of nationalism, American exceptionalism and cultural sorrow. In 2016, Victoria was awarded the Creativity and Culture prize by Ulster University's Department of Research and Impact at the Inaugural Research Communication Awards for demonstrating exceptional skill in communicating the purpose, meaning and impact of her research. In 2017, she received the Civic Impact Fund Award to curate and deliver Movies in Mind, Derry~Londonderry's 1st Mental Health Film Festival in association with Nerve Centre and Foyle Film Festival. In 2018, Victoria was announced Faculty Winner in the Early Career Research Excellence Awards at Ulster University. In 2019, she was a visiting lecturer at Kadir Has University (Istanbul) and College of Charleston (South Carolina). She currently supervises six doctoral candidates within the School of Arts and Humanities.


Victoria has published several cutting-edge books on film, media and television, including her monograph Post-9/11 Heartland Horror: Rural Horror Films in an Era of Urban Terrorism and edited volumes HBO’s Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power (Routledge, 2018); Alternative Media in Contemporary Turkey: Sustainability, Activism and Resistance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018); and Make America Hate Again: Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear (Routledge, 2019). Her upcoming books include Resist! Protest Media and Popular Culture in the Brexit-Trump Era; Blumhouse: The New House of Horror; and Bloody Women! Women Directors of Horror.