Leander Reeves

Senior Lecturer in Publishing

Personal Profile

Leander Reeves started her publishing career with a BA Hons in Publishing and Visual Studies at Oxford Brookes University. Her first teaching appointment at Brookes began during her Masters in Electronic Media, where she taught on the undergraduate degree module, Electronic Publishing Processes. Her main area of interest and teaching is Magazine Publishing.

Academic and professional history

  • BA Hons in Publishing and Visual Studies at Oxford Brookes
  • Communications Officer - Oxford Brookes University Students' Union, Oxford
  • Editor of the Students' Union magazine, The Last Edition. The 36-page magazine appeared 9 times each year. She also acted as press spokesperson for the Oxford Brookes Students’ Union
  • Design & Marketing Coordinator - Oneworld Publications, Oxford
  • MA Electronic Media – Oxford Brookes University
  • Managing Editor - International Antiques, IA Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK and Rennes, France
  • Managed specialist antiques magazine features aimed at European market. Bi-lingual publication, published in English and French in Rennes, France.
  • Design Projects Manager & Multimedia Lecturer - Oxford House Group, London
  • Leander managed and coordinated all design aspects for the international education group. Leander also launched commercial agency and creative bureau; 'the student bureau' for the college. 
  • Freelance Print and Interactive Designer based in New York, for 'perfectbound' an imprint of HarperCollins and Global Software Publishing North American. Package design for GSP’s interactive CDRom titles (for Dorling Kindersley), including print catalogue, and designed and developed an interactive Flash catalogue for schools in USA.
  • Multimedia & print consultant for the Homeless Organisation of America based in NYC. Developed & designed a print and web strategy for the charity.
  • Freelance interactive designer for Greenpeace, UK
  • PCTHE (Oxford Brookes University)

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Writing and Developing content
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Research and Data Analysis
  • Magazine Publishing
  • Media and Propaganda

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Magazine Publishing

Research

Leander’s main area of teaching centres on consumer magazines, journalism and culture. Leander has published on celebrity, hyperreality, Westworld, time travel, Princess Diana, and can sometimes be heard on BBC Radio Oxford discussing contemporary cultural issues. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Magazine Media

Her research interests include: hyperreality, the history of consumer magazines, time travel, science fiction, gender and celebrity in consumer magazines. She is currently undertaking a PhD where she is mapping the source of the hyperreal. Leander’s research often appears in modules for this degree and for others. 

She is able to ruin Christmas for students in a just few lecture slides, her house is full of sci-fi and her office is full of magazines. 

Leander has a broad range of Book and Magazine publishing experience, with many years spent as a print and interactive designer in London and New York. Her research interests include: hyperreality, science fiction, gender portrayal, 

Leander has given many papers at academic conferences on topics centred around culture and media, nostalgia and hyperreality, gender and consumer magazines. From “The Politics of Nostalgia: Queer, Strange and Hyperreal on the American Screen” at the British Association of American Studies, to “Is magazine publishing still powerful enough to shape societal values?” at By the Book 6 Power Dynamics in Publishing, Florence (Italy). Her research is interdisciplinary and spans the full gamut of media, its platforms and influences.  

Her latest chapter ‘Yul Brynner’s Hat and Time Travel in the Hyperreal’ can be found in Reading Westworld(2019) published by Palgrave Macmillan