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Screen Cultures Graduate Student Association (SCGSA)

The Screen Cultures Graduate Student Association (SCGSA) is a group of graduate students who are committed to creating and sustaining a productive, supportive, and rewarding graduate student experience in our program. We provide a discussion forum amongst PhD students and faculty in RTVF. We have established professional development opportunities, including organizing graduate student conferences and self-led pedagogical workshops. Our mission is to create and foster a community for academic and professional growth. We are dedicated to providing opportunities for organizing, leadership, and service—not only to Screen Cultures graduate students, but also to graduate students across the university, with events that appeal to the interdisciplinary nature of our field and department.

Graduate Students

Madison Alan-Lee‘s research interests include affect, embodiment, and excess in science fiction, television, and new media. Most recently, her projects have examined the role of nostalgia and the archive in The Twilight Zone and the representation of anxiety through slime in film and on YouTube. Madison has presented work at the Gender and Women’s Studies Conference at the University of Kentucky, and at the Midwest Popular Culture Association. She holds a BA in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University.

Tatiana Anoushian is interested in Soviet and Post-Soviet medias of Armenia and the Caucasus, untranslatability and universalism, stateless languages, and the relationship between trauma and ultra-nationalism. Her broader interests include critical theory, archival studies, and activist media in the Global South. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University.

Benjamin Aspray’s research interests include: rhetorics of explicitness, politics of gender and sexuality, censorship, film history and criticism, game studies, comedy, and animation. He writes about popular music for Popmatters, a cultural webzine based in Evanston. He received his BA in Film and English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Madison Brown studies amateur media cultures through theories of affect, domesticity, and everyday life. Her dissertation analyzes enactments of agency and identity in the familial home video archive as alternative modes of history-making and self-inscription in personal and cultural memory. Her research and pedagogy privilege the personal as a site of inquiry, mode of investigation, and discursive framework for sharing lived experience. Madison holds a dual BA in English and Cinema Studies, and an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.

Crystal Camargo research explores Latina/o representation at the intersections of television theory, linguistics, as well as critical race, ethnic, and gender studies. Her dissertation- Televising Latinidad, Hearing Racial Difference, Translating Whiteness– examines the ways that television forms, aesthetics, and style constructs and translates Latinidad on the small screen. Crystal has presented her work at Literature/Film Association, Latina/o Studies Association, Flow, as well as Queertopia and Backward Glances Student Conferences. She received her B.A. in International Studies, Spanish Language & Literature, and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Denver and M.A. in Screen Cultures from Northwestern. She is also a Mellon Fellow in the Comparative Race and Diaspora Cluster Program at Northwestern.

Marisela Chavez is interested in sports media and culture. Her primary research focuses on sports television, with emphasis on race, performance, and television theory. Some of her other research interests include television criticism and 1970s television, particularly work produced by Norman Lear. Marisela has presented her work at Console-ing Passions. She received a BA in Rhetoric and Media Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Screen Cultures from Northwestern.

Esra Cimencioglu’s research interests include transnational media, cinema of displacement, architectural theory, urban and postcolonial studies. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between space, gender and everyday life in post-revolutionary Iranian women cinema. She received her BA in Urban and Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University with honors, and MA in Film and Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. She worked in production and media companies in Istanbul as a production assistant and produced several short films and documentaries. She has presented her work at the conferences including Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa and Middle East History and Theory. She has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for her doctoral study in the United States.

Kelly Coyne studies American film, television, and literature, from postwar to the present, with attention to genre, gender and sexuality, and critical theory. Her dissertation examines how late 20th and early 21st century depictions of friendship in visual and literary texts evolved alongside movements for women’s and LGBTQ rights. She has presented at SCMS and MLA, among other places, and her work has appeared in Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and PoliticsPersuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-LineThe Journal of Popular Television, and the anthology Screening American Nostalgia. She also writes essays on her research interests for sites like VultureThe Los Angeles Review of BooksLiterary Hub, and The Atlantic. She holds an MA in English from Georgetown University and a dual BA in English and psychology from Bates College.

Cara Dickason’s research explores the intersection of surveillance, spectatorship, and gender in contemporary girl’s and women’s television and media. Her work has been published in Flow and the edited collections Mediated Girlhoods and ABC Family to Freeform TV. She is a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Graduate Writing Fellow. She previously taught English and composition at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, Trinity Washington University, and Prince George’s Community College. She earned her B.A. in Cinema-Television and English from the University of Southern California, and her M.A. in English from Georgetown University. She previously served as president of the Screen Cultures Graduate Student Association and as the Graduate Student Organization representative to the SCMS Board of Directors.

Ilana Emmett is currently working on her dissertation on the aesthetics of American daytime soap operas on radio and television from 1930 to today, with a focus on sound aesthetics. Additional research addresses the history of television programming for deaf audiences. Research interests include: sound studies, disability studies, women’s popular media, teen media, and religion and media. She has presented her work at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and Console-ing Passions. She has a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick in the U.K. She has also worked in film and television production.

Kate Erskine. After graduating with a BA from New York University, Kate Erskine completed her MSc in Gender, Media and Culture at the London School of Economics. Kate’s research and interests are in the critical analysis of visual culture, and specifically representations of madness and themes of nationalism, surveillance and migration in contemporary television. Kate received a distinction on her graduate thesis, “Gendered States of Insecurity in Homeland.” Previously, she worked in film development for production companies based in New York, London and Shanghai.

Samantha Freeman’s dissertation examines depictions of sexual assault in contemporary television, specifically focusing on representations of race, gender and sexuality. Her dissertation aims to understand how serialized rape narratives operate under specifically gendered and racialized cultural logics in our contemporary moment which has seen a recent proliferation in these types of stories. Some of her other research interests include narratology, genre, adaptation, and feminist film theory. She has presented her work at the University of Chicago Cinema and Media Studies graduate student conference on Trauma & Melodrama and at Console-ing Passions. She received her BA in Film and Media from the University of California Berkeley and an MA in Screen Cultures from Northwestern.

Diana Funez is interested in the history and aesthetics of home entertainment media and tactile screens, with an eye towards obsolete video collections. As an undergraduate, she studied representations of spectatorship in contemporary television, examining intersections between blockbuster cinema, VHS screens, and streaming platforms. Diana holds a dual B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and French from the University of Chicago.

Demetrius Green is a first year doctoral student from Cairo, Illinois. His research interests include the intersection of hip-hop, race, identity, audio and visual production and digital media. He earned his BA in Radio-Television & Digital Media with a specialization in audio production from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and his MA in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas. Alongside his academic career, Demetrius has extensive experience in audio production as a hip-hop DJ & producer having worked with notable brands and names such as Sirius XM Radio, SXSW and Adidas.

Julia Peres Guimarães holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, an M.A. in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio, Brazil, and a BSc in International Relations & History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Julia’s research investigates how cinematic texts address the fictional reproduction of patterns of normalcy, standards of deviant behavior and the medicalization/institutionalization or punishment of individuals. Her objective is to unsettle understandings of mental illnesses and their conceptual implications to the legitimization of notions of “normality” associated with local/global citizenship, and to explore the philosophical boundaries pushed by extended levels of consciousness experienced within manic episodes. Her additional research interests include feminist media, critical theory, affect studies and photography.,

Quinn Hartman‘s dissertation, Exotic Extensions: North American Anthropology, Media Theory, and Cyber-Utopianism considers the intertwined histories of cybernetics, Cold War anthropology, and the Toronto school of media theory. It tracks how cultural anthropologists’ studies on communication influenced the work of media theorists like Marshall McLuhan, subsequently shaping the cultural ideals of technological imaginaries of American cyber-utopianism. The dissertation uncovers how the institutional, political, and cultural imperatives of the Cold War academy made their way into theories of electronic media, and thus how perilously outmoded ideas of ethnicity, nationality, cultural difference, and democracy underwrote the apparently liberatory ideals of cyber-utopianism. Quinn’s broader research areas include histories of computing and digital games; histories of American social science; queer theory and history; and critical theory. She received a BA in Cinema Studies and French from New York University and an MA in Screen Cultures from Northwestern. Quinn has presented her work at SCMS, The Society for the History of Technology, the Game History Annual Symposium, and the Historical Materialism Conference.

Jelena Jelušić’s interests include transnational and global media, gender studies, and postcolonial theory. Her research focuses on representations of gender, nation, and history on television, with emphasis on socialist and post-socialist television cultures and industries. Jelena has presented her work at Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Film & History, and Midwest Pop Culture Association Conference. She holds a dual BA with honors in Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature from Brown University, and an MA in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University.

Peter Kragh Jensen’s interests include contemporary political comedy, right-wing nationalism and digital culture. He holds a BA from Aarhus University in Media Studies, an MA from the University of Copenhagen in Film & Media Studies and was a visiting student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has presented his work at the annual conferences of the Cultural Studies Association, the Northeast Modern Language Association and Screen. His research has appeared in Continuum, Trump Fiction and The Comedy Studies Reader. He has served as a peer reviewer for Continuum and Interactions. Before coming to Northwestern, he interned at The Danish Film Institute and worked for a Copenhagen media agency.

Rita Rongyi Lin is a doctoral candidate whose research explores the intersection of gender, spectatorship, and urban space in cinema through the figure of the flâneuse as both a subject of representation and a mode of female spectatorship. Working across divergent national, historical, and theoretical contexts as well as tropes of the flâneuse including the fallen woman, the sleepwalker, and the (im)migrant, her dissertation considers the structures of desire and identification for gendered and ethnicized subjects, and other ways of relating to an image than rapture, such as distraction, disorientation, and disavowal. She also writes about spatial production, “new” media, and transcultural exchanges more broadly, with an article forthcoming in the December 2021 issue of tba: Journal of Art, Media, and Visual Culture. In her spare time, she likes to watch kpop and think about plastic orientalism and affective economies in the age of digital globalization. Rita received her BA in English from Bryn Mawr College and MA in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University.

Nicola McCafferty is interested in examining the potential of film and music as routes to re-enchantment, with a particular interest in genres that exist at the margins of popular culture, including horror film and punk, metal, and noise music. With an eye toward affect, spectatorship, and psychoanalytic theory, she aims to study the particular types of engagement these genres invite and the ways in which the mixture of joy and disturbance they create can tap into the lost magic of the postmodern world. She is also interested in issues of identity within these genres and the inclusion/exclusion of groups and individuals within narrative, performative, and participatory spaces based on race, gender, class, and sexuality. Nicola holds a BA in Psychology from Boston College.

Myrna Moretti’s research explores the role of popular women’s culture in shaping ordinary attitudes toward emerging technology in the 1980s and 1990s. She has presented her work at SCMS, Film & History, and graduate student conferences in the US and Canada. Myrna is also a filmmaker with a focus on documentary and experimental video. This year she is serving as one of the Gender & Sexuality Studies Teaching Assistants and as a Graduate Fellow at the Writing Place. This year she will also serve as one of the grad reps for SCMS’ Media, Science, and Technology Studies Scholarly Interest Group. She holds an MA from the University of Toronto and a BFA from Ryerson University.

Carter Moulton researches media industries, audiences, platforms, tourism, and the experience economy. His research has appeared in various journals and collections, including Media Fields, Popular Communication, The Popular Culture Studies Journal, The New Review of Film & Television Studies, The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema, and The International Journal of Cultural Studies. He is passionate about designing experiential learning activities and inclusive learning environments, and currently serves as a Teaching Consultant at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching.

Jason Nebergall studies the history and theory of alternative broadcast television in Chicago. His research focuses on artists, performers, and technicians working to produce experimental and activist television programming. He has presented his work at the SCREEN conference at the University of Glasgow, the Console-ing Passions conference at Bournemouth University, and SCMS conference in Seattle. He holds a BA in Cinema with a minor in Art History from The University of Iowa and an MA in the Humanities from The University of Chicago.

Clare Ostroski focuses on cinematic representations of nature, as well as the spatialization of spectacle and hapticity of exhibition. Her research interrogates the environmental meaning of digital aesthetics, aiming to shift ontological understandings of media by recontextualizing texts and materials in colonial histories of zoos and museums, expansive media industries, and the haunted-ness of objects like radioactive photography and screened encounters with the environmental world. She holds an MA in Screen Cultures from Northwestern and a dual BA in Communication Arts and International Studies from the University Wisconsin-Madison.

Golden Owens‘s research examines persistent negative imagery in film, television, and new media representations of African American women. Her dissertation will explore the ways in which the mammy archetype operates and is embedded within contemporary depictions and iterations of domestic servants. Additional research interests include articulations of race, gender and sexuality in reality television and in the simultaneous centrality and periphery of Blackness in American popular culture. She has presented her work at Northwestern University’s Queertopia conference. Golden holds a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University.

Ben Riggs writes about science on television. He has degrees from the University of New Mexico and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Kim-Anh Schreiber is a doctoral candidate whose research interests include histories and theories of emerging media and diasporic aesthetics. She is the author of the cross-genre novel Fantasy (Sidebrow 2020), and her interdisciplinary writing has been published or exhibited in outlets such as Feminist Media Histories, Literary Hub, BitchThe Brooklyn Rail, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She holds an MFA in Writing from UC San Diego, and was a 2017-2018 participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace residency. She currently serves on the programming committee of the San Diego Asian Film Festival and is a 2021-2022 Global Impacts Graduate Fellow at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.

Karly-Lynne Scott’s research focuses on corporeality, affect and ethics, with attention to the intersection of gender, sexuality, violence and disability. Her dissertation examines moving-image pornography in relation to the different ways the body and sexuality have been understood throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, analyzing how shifts in psychoanalytic, sexological, and medico-scientific conceptualizations of the body have altered how we imagine erotically engaging with media. She is an assistant editor of World Picture and holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. Her essay “Orgasms without Bodies” is forthcoming in World Picture, spring 2015.

Tayler Scriber is interested in the exploration of critical race theory and the rhetoric of televised violence.  Her previous research projects have touched on the history of Blackness and film in the United States as well as the critical engagement of black film audiences and the effects that their minoritarian position can have on their viewing experiences. She wants to continue this critical exploration by looking more deeply at the function of depictions of black trauma in the context of American storytelling in film. In addition to that, she is also interested in the historical exploration of public policies that have created the conditions of the relationship between media and race in the United States. While having a vested interest in these topics she is also interested in exploring horror, science fiction, film theory and criticism, and sexuality and gender studies. She received her Bachelors in Sociological Perspectives on Film from Whittier College.

Jennifer Smart is a third year doctoral student in the Screen Cultures program.  She works at the intersection of experimental music, sound studies, and visual art. Her MA thesis examined the work of the visual artist Dan Graham through his engagement with music and sound. Jennifer holds BAs in History and Communications and an MA in Art History from Southern Methodist University. Previously she worked as an editor and writer at several Texas-based arts and culture publications.

Ashley R. Smith is an advanced doctoral candidate whose work and research focuses on the poignant (and often uncomfortable) intersections between horror cinema, critical race theory, and cultural studies. In particular, her dissertation examines the emergence of whiteness as a destabilized, fractured, and “Othered” identity in post-1960s American horror cinema, and the social, political, and cultural changes that occurred alongside this representational shift. In addition to her investment in the cinematic macabre, she has written and presented work on topics including body horror and decay in film and photography, and the authorial influence of directors such as Stanley Kubrick and David Fincher. Ashley currently serves as a co-chair of the Horror Studies Scholarly Interest Group in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She received a BA in English from Rider University and holds an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University where she was awarded a Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Fellowship and received the department’s William K. Everson Award for Academic Excellence.

Kylie Walters is interested in visual cultures of affective attachments to property and place under late capitalism in America. Her interests also include critical theory, weather patterns and everyday environmental control (e.g. landscaping) on screen, and queer theory and lesbian cinema. She holds an MPhil in Film and Screen Studies from the University of Cambridge and a BA in German Studies and Global Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from Colby College.