1. People
  2. Students
  3. Katie Toms

Katie Toms

Journalism department


Supervisors: Professor Suzanne Franks (Journalism) and Professor Rosalind Gill (Culture and Creative Industries)

PhD Title: Obscenity versus objectification: A feminist reading of Leveson and its aftermath.

Brief description of research topic

My research looks critically at the Leveson Inquiry from a feminist perspective by considering the historical development of the highly contested discourses around the visual representation of women in UK print media, and analysing how these discourses have been expressed in the Leveson Inquiry and beyond. This study raises questions about how the framework of the Leveson Inquiry may affect both the representation of women in the UK press, and the ways in which questions of gender representation are understood and theorised.

Research Interests

  • Representation of women in media
  • Continuum of sexism – hate speech, hate crime.


  • MA Journalism, City, University of London
  • BA History, Queen Mary University of London


  • City, University of London
  • Canterbury Christchurch University
  • Radio St Austell Bay, Cornwall, Wild Woman’s Hour

Industry experience

  • Southbank Centre – Press Manager (inc PR for WOW – Women of the World Festival)
  • Freelance arts journalist: writing, reviewing, interviewing
  • Observer Review – arts commissioning editor


Find us

City, University of London

Northampton Square

London EC1V 0HB

United Kingdom

Back to top

City, University of London is an independent member institution of the University of London. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University of London consists of 18 independent member institutions with outstanding global reputations and several prestigious central academic bodies and activities.