Stefania Marghitu


STEFANIA MARGHITU is a PhD candidate with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Division of Cinema and Media Studies.Her primary interests deal with critical and cultural studies of television, the showrunner and modes of authorship, feminist media studies, and production studies. You can find her work published in The Spectator, Gender Forum, Flow TV, Critical Studies in Television Online and the edited collection ReFocus on Amy Heckerling (Edinburgh University Press). She has presented papers at conferences such as the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Console-ing Passions, and Making Television in the 21st Century in the US, UK and Denmark. She received her MA in Film Studies at University College London and her BA in Art History at Indiana University Bloomington.

Stefania’s recent publications include “It’s just Art:’ Auteur Apologism in the Post-Weinstein Era” in Feminist Media Studies and “‘Feminist Online Responses Against the Alt-Right: Using The Handmaid’s Tale as A Symbol of Resistance” (co-authored with Kelsey Moore Johnson) in Communication, Culture and Critique. Her first book, Introduction to Television (Routledge) co-authored with her Dissertstion chair, Ellen Seiter, CAMS Stephen K. Nenno Endowed Chair in Television Studies, will be released in 2018.

Committee: Ellen Seiter (Chair), Jennifer Holt (UC Santa Barbara), Aniko Imre, Henry Jenkins

Dissertation: “The Television Showrunner: Authorship, Agency & Identity in American Television”