Dr Ashley Morgan

Dr Ashley Morgan



Dr Ashley Morgan is a senior lecturer in the School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her current research interests are about masculinity, sex and representations of the male body, especially but not limited to representations of masculinity in popular culture. Ashley has published on male geek identity, sexual asceticism as a viable form of male sexual behaviour, and the presence of mediated toxic masculinity. She is especially interested in the intersections between masculine identity and clothing, and has published on men in skirts, and the relationship between hegemonic masculinity and men’s suits. Her book chapter ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case for Toxic Masculinity’ examines Sherlock Holmes as the provenance of discursive toxic masculinity in popular culture for the forthcoming Routledge International Handbook of Communication and Gender and will be published on the 30th of November. Her paper on hybrid masculinity in music, ‘From Emo Kid to Stylish GQ Gent and back again: Matty Healy and Hybrid Masculinity’ will be published in the double edition of Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion in December 2020. Ashley is currently preparing a book proposal on Welsh Masculinity for Routledge, is undertaking research on male pattern baldness with Dr. Mo Malik and is preparing a paper with James Whittaker entitled: ‘Performing ‘True Hybridity’ through Dress: Soundcloud Rappers and Hybrid Masculinity’, for a special edition on black masculinity for the journal Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion.

Research Groups

Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture Network, mascnet.org.

Fashion Costume and Visual Cultures www.fcvcnetwork.com

Screening Sex screeningsex.com

Masculinities in Culture & Society Research Network,

E-mail: asmorgan@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Recent Research

Morgan (2014) ‘The Rise of the Geek: Exploring Masculine Identity in The Big Bang Theory (2007)’ in Masculinities: A Journal of Identity and Culture, 2: Aug 14, 31-57 ISSN 2148-3841

Morgan, A (2018) ‘The Suit Maketh the Man: Masculinity and Social Class in Kingsman (Vaughan, 2014)’, Clothing Cultures, 5: 3, pp.359-376.https://doi.org/10.1386/cc.5.3.359_1

Morgan, A. (2019), ‘“Sex doesn’t alarm me”: Exploring heterosexual male identity in BBC’s Sherlock’, Journal of Popular Television, 7:3, pp. 317–35.  https://doi.org/10.1386/ jptv_00004_1

Morgan, A (2019) ‘Why the Terms Unisex and Gender Neutral are not Fit for Purpose in Contemporary Clothing and Fashion Design’. Journal of Textile Science & Fashion Technology. 2. https://doi.org/10.33552/JTSFT.2019.02.000537

Morgan, A (2020) ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case for Toxic Masculinity’ in Goins, M.N., McAlister, J.F and BK. Alexander (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication, London: Routledge.

Morgan, A (2020) ‘From emo kid to stylish GQ Gent and back again: Matty Healy and hybrid masculinity,’ Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, 7: 1 ISSN 2050-0718. (Forthcoming December, 2020).

Invited Talks

July 2019 – ‘The Suit Maketh the Man’ – Fashion Costume and Visual Cultures Network, Roubaix, France.

March 2020 – ‘Matty Healy and Hybrid Masculinity’ – Public Uni Cardiff.

April 2020 – ‘From Emo Kid to GQ Gent and Back Again: Matty Healy and Hybrid Masculinity’, 9th Annual Richard Martin Costume Studies Symposium at the University of New York, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York.

November 2020 – ‘Wales on Screen’, Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick.