Dr Kate Gilchrist

Dr Kate Gilchrist

Visiting Fellow

Department of Gender Studies

Key Expertise
Gender theory; subjectivity; popular culture; psychosocial theory

About me

Dr Kate Gilchrist is a feminist researcher and a Visiting Fellow/Guest Teacher and Academic Mentor for MSc students at LSE’s Media and Communications and Gender Studies Departments, and was formerly a Dissertation Supervisor for MA students at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. Kate was ‘Highly Commended’ in the LSE’s Class Teacher Awards in 2021.

Kate completed her ESRC-funded PhD in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE in April 2021. Her thesis focused on how feminine subjectivity is constructed through discourses of singledom, drawing upon postfeminist and psychosocial theory, using the conceptual lens of fantasy. It centred on an intersectional analysis of contemporary US-UK popular culture and self-narratives of lived experience and theorised singledom as a form of gendered performativity. It contributed to a deeper understanding of how psychic life is shaped through and by cultural discourses, and how this is experienced within women’s lived single femininity. Kate is currently adapting her thesis into a monograph. Kate has an MSc in Gender from LSE’s Department of Gender Studies, a BA in English Literature and History from the University of Sheffield, and a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP. Her research interests include feminine subjectivities, gender performativity, mediated understandings of intimate life, alternative relationship practices and singlehood. Kate previously has 15 years’ experience as an editor in journalism and has worked on a voluntary basis for women's rights NGOs in Central America and Indonesia.

Expertise Details

Gender theory; subjectivity; postfeminism; popular culture; self-narrative; psychosocial theory; discourse analysis; intersectionality