Liz first came to UEA to study for an MA in Film Studies after completing a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Multimedia Journalism at the University of Buckingham. Liz then stayed on to undertake a PhD examining the representation of vicarious trauma in post-9/11 film and literature.

After some time working as a Personal Support Tutor at an FE college, Liz returned to UEA in 2012 as a Lecturer in Humanities and co-ordinated the development of the Humanities Foundation Year of which she is now Course Director.

Key Research Interests

Liz’s research interests are in the field of trauma studies with a particular focus on the relationship between collective and individual trauma, the gendering of trauma, and the role of the media in the understanding and experience of trauma.

Liz’s PhD thesis is titled ‘The Trauma Aesthetic: (Re)mediating Absence, Emptiness and Distance in Post-9/11 Film and Literature’. Since completing the PhD Liz’s research has explored representations of cancer in the UK and US media.


Powell, Liz, ‘Refashioning the Post-Mastectomy Body in How to Look Good Naked’ in Film Fashion and Consumption, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2013, pp. 43-54.

Powell, Liz, ‘Diagnosis Disaster: Cultural Narratives of Breast Cancer and Femininity inStepmom and The Family Stone’ in Christine Cornea and Rhys Thomas, eds. Dramatising Disaster: Character, Event, Representation, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, pp. 10-22.

Powell, Liz, ‘The Good, the Bad and the American: Interrogating the Morality of the Western in A History of Violence’ in Cinema Journal, Vol. 51 No. 1, 2011, pp. 164-168.

Teaching Interests

Liz currently convenes, and teaches on, the two compulsory modules for the Humanities Foundation Year: ‘Humanities: The Key Concepts’ and ‘Humanities: Techniques and Methods.’ These modules offer students an intensive and detailed introduction to studying the Humanities with a focus on developing independent learning skills.

Liz has also taught on a range of first, second and third year modules in the department of Film and Television Studies and won the Graduate Teaching Prize in 2010.

Liz is committed to innovative and engaging teaching and enjoys working with students from a diverse range of backgrounds, helping them to reach their full potential and make the most of the higher education experience.