Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Professor Bethany Klein

Head of School; Professor of Media and Communication (currently on research leave)

0113 343 6979

Clothworkers' Building North, 1.23

BA (Bryn Mawr), MA (Penn), PhD (Penn)

Please note Bethany is currently on research leave until July 2017. Dr Lee Edwards is Acting Head of School.

Research Interests

My research interests include commercialism and the media, popular music culture, and media policy and regulation. As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising (Ashgate) looks at music in television commercials and engages with a number of issues which have a continuing presence in my work, including the relationship between industrial and cultural change and the role of commercial imperatives and corporate power in popular culture. Understanding Copyright (SAGE), co-authored with Giles Moss and Lee Edwards, considers why disagreement about copyright’s role and scope is rife and how the policymaking process might accommodate a wider range of views, through an examination of the competing perspectives offered by users, cultural producers, industry representatives, intermediaries and policymakers. I am currently working on a project about popular music, cultural autonomy and ‘selling out’.


I have delivered modules on researching media and communication, visual communication, promotional culture, popular culture and communication, media production, and media and cultural theory.




  • Klein B, Moss G, Edwards L (2015) Understanding Copyright: Intellectual Property in the Digital Age. SAGE.

  • Klein B (2009) As Heard on TV: Popular Music in Advertising. Ashgate.

Journal articles

  • Klein B, Meier LM, Powers D (2015) “Selling Out: Musicians, Autonomy, and Compromise in the Digital Age”, Popular Music and Society.
    DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2015.1120101, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/92954/

  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss G, Philip F (2015) “Discourse, Justification, and Critique: Towards a Legitimate Digital Copyright Regime?”, International Journal of Cultural Policy. 60-77. 21.1: 60-77.
    DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2013.874421, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89899/

  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss GS, Philip F (2015) “Isn’t It Just a Way to Protect Walt Disney’s Rights?’: Media User Perspectives on Copyright”, New Media & Society. 17.5: 691-707.
    DOI: 10.1177/1461444813511402

  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss GS, Philip F (2013) “Framing the Consumer: Copyright Regulation and the Public”, Convergence: the journal of research into new media technologies. 19.1: 9-24.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76877/

  • Klein B (2013) “Entertainment-Education for the Media-Saturated: Audience Perspectives on Social Issues in Entertainment Programming”, European Journal of Cultural Studies. 16.1: 43-57.
    DOI: 10.1177/1367549412457482

  • Klein B (2011) “Introduction: Special Issue on Popular Music and Marketing”, Popular Music and Society. 34.4: 397-398.
    DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2011.601568

  • Klein B (2011) “Entertaining Ideas: Social Issues in Entertainment Television”, Media, Culture and Society. 33.6: 905-921.

  • Klein B (2009) “Contrasting Interactivities: BBC Radio Message Boards and Listener Participation”, The Radio Journal – International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. 7.1: 11-26.

  • Klein B (2008) “‘The New Radio’: Music Licensing as a Response to Industry Woe”, Media, Culture & Society. 30.4: 463-478.

  • Klein B (2008) “In Perfect Harmony: Popular Music and Cola Advertising”, Popular Music and Society. 31.1: 1-20.

  • Klein B, Wardle C (2008) “‘These Two are Speaking Welsh on Channel 4!’: Welsh Representations and Cultural Tensions on Big Brother 7”, Television and New Media. 9.6: 514-530.

  • Klein B (2005) “Dancing About Architecture: Popular Music Criticism and the Negotiation of Authority”, Popular Communication. 3.1: 1-20.


  • Edwards L, Klein B, Lee D, Moss G, Philip F (2014) “Communicating Copyright: Discourse and Disagreement in the Digital Age”, In: David M; Halbert D (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Intellectual Property. London: SAGE.

  • Klein B (2011) “In Perfect Harmony: Popular Music and Cola Advertising”, In: McQuinn J (eds.) Popular Music and Multimedia. Ashgate Publishing. 225-244

  • Klein B (2010) “An Episode a Day: The Instructional Value of Health-related Reality Programming”, In: Baruh L; Park JH (eds.) Reel politics. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 182-197

Research Projects & Grants

Principal Investigator, ESRC RES 062-23-3027: Communicating Copyright: An Exploration of Copyright Discourses in the Digital Age (with Dr Lee Edwards, Dr David Lee, Dr Giles Moss), 2011-12, £152,337

Principal Investigator, ESRC RES 000-22-3202: Social Issues in Primetime Television: Production Processes and Audience Responses, 2009-10, £69,254

Co-Investigator, AHRC AH/F006721/1: Listener Online Engagement with BBC Radio Programming, 2007-8, £90,000

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision


Divya Maharajh (‘Feminine Experience: Media Studies and Gender Representation’, 2013)

Currently supervising:

Carolyn Brown (‘Meeting the Superhumans: Media Coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games’)

Jennifer Carlberg (‘Popular Music and Post-Secular Thought: What Do the Relations between Popular Music and Religious Thought Tell Us about Sacred Forms in the Modern World?’)

Jon Marshall (‘Politics and Musical Aesthetics in the New Russia: Protest Songs, Improvisation and Noise’)

Andreas Rauh Ortega (‘Change and Continuity: Music in the Digital Era’)

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