School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Joana Rita Ramalho

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Email: joana.ramalho@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Joana Jacob Ramalho

Dr Joana Jacob Ramalho


Foster Court
Gower Street


  • Senior Teaching Fellow
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


My research interests include 

  • Romanticism, the Gothic, and neo-Victorianism in film and television; 
  • cinematic representations of death, memory, mourning, and the senses;
  • intermediality, generic hybridity, and gender politics in dystopian films;
  • film musicals and musical moments in film and television;
  • Goth/ic music and Goth musical sub-genres, specifically dark cabaret, neo-romantic Gothic rock, and pop punk.
I have published on thresholds, haptic motifs, and sensory contagion in Gothic terror cinema; thing theory and the figure of the doll in Gothic and horror productions; and the role of portraits in 1940s psychological thrillers. I have presented my work at several international conferences in the UK, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Austria, and Portugal. Since 2017, I have been a reviewer for the online journal Fantastika

My current research project deploys the concept of carnival to investigate the ways in which specific forms of entertainment (low art, film, live-cinema, and dark cabaret artists) rewrite and externalise the convoluted dispute between an official culture and its rejects, while commenting on the failings of post-millennial socio-political systems and their neglect of subcultures and gender minorities.

I welcome proposals for UG, MA and PhD projects that focus on or overlap with any of the research specialisms above.

Award year Qualification Institution
2015 FHEA
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
Academic Practice
University College London
2015 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Film studies
University College London
2009 MA
Master of Arts
Film studies
University College London

I studied Communication Sciences and Journalism at the New University of Lisbon (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). I moved to London in 2008 and gained my master's degree in Film Studies (UCL) in 2009. My dissertation focused on the disenchanted worlds of Vincente Minnelli's comedies, musicals, and melodramas. In September 2009, I joined the department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, where I developed the programme for the first Portuguese language module in the department. I have contributed to curriculum development at UCL with the introduction of three language modules (PORT0001; PORT0005; PORT0008/PORT0011) and one film module on Gothic Cinema, which ran in 2016. I completed my PhD on the transatlantic Romantic-Gothic films of early émigré and exile directors at the UCL Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII) in 2015. I became Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2015 and achieved a UCL Arena Fellowship the following year. Currently, I teach modules on Portuguese language, Lusophone culture, and Spanish Film.