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STEFANIA MARGHITU

960 Sanborn Avenue #3, Los Angeles, CA 90029
marghitu@usc.edu | www.stefaniamarghitu.com

EDUCATION
Ph.D. University of Southern California. 2014-2019.
School of Cinematic Arts, Division of Cinema and Media Studies. Minor: Communication.
Dissertation: “The Showrunner: Authorship, Agency and Identity in US Television”
Committee: Ellen Seiter (Chair), Jennifer Holt, Aniko Imre, Henry Jenkins

M.A. University College London, Film Studies. 2011-2012.
Thesis: “Mad Men: Representing a Pre-Feminist Culture in a Post Feminist Era”

B.A. Indiana University Bloomington. 2006-2010.
Major: History of Art; Minors: Journalism, Slavic Languages & Literatures—Romanian
Thesis: “Marcel Iancu: The Father of Romania’s Forgotten Avant-Garde”

PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS
Teen Television, Routledge Genre Guidebook Series,
Co-authored with Ellen Seiter, under contract and forthcoming, 2019.

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES
“‘It’s just art’: auteur apologism in the post-Weinstein era,” Feminist Media Studies,
Vol.18, No.3, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2018.1456158

“Feminist Online Responses Against the Alt-Right: The Handmaid’s Tale as a Symbol &
Catalyst of Resistance,” with Kelsey Moore Johnson. Invited essay. Vol.11, No.3,
Communication, Culture and Critique. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcx008

“Body Talk: Reconsidering the Post-Feminist Discourse and Critical Reception of Lena
Dunham’s Girls,” Second Author: Conrad Ng, Gender Forum. Issue 45, 2013.
http://genderforum.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/042013_ECR_I_Complete.pdf

“The Romanian New Wave: Witnessing Everyday Life in the Ceausescu Era and
Understanding Post-Communist Dilemmas,” University of California Undergraduate Journal of
Slavic and East/Central European Studies, 2012.
http://www.international.ucla.edu/media/files/marghitu-vol-five-r3-ayy.pdf
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PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL INTERVIEWS
“The Business of Cause Marketing: A Conversation with Judi Ketcik,”
Spectator, with Eleanor Huntington, Vol. 35, No.2, Fall 2015.
https://stefaniamarghitu.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/huntingtonmarghituspectator2015.pdf

BOOK CHAPTERS
‘“But Seriously, I actually have a way normal life for a teenage girl”:
The Teenage Female Empowerment Payoff in Amy Heckerling’s Clueless,’
Refocus on Amy Heckerling, Second Author: Lindsey Alexander,
Eds. Frances Smith and Timothy Shary, Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

“Mad Men’s Peggy Olson: A Prefeminist Champion in a Postfeminist TV Landscape,” Smart Chicks
on Screen: Representing Women’s Intellect in Film and TV,
Ed. Laura M. D’Amore, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.

BOOK REVIEWS & CONFERENCE REPORTS IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS
Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers, by Shelley Cobb,
in International Journal of Communication (IJOC), 2016.
http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/6481

Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the 21st Century, by Amanda Lotz, in IJOC, 2015.
http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4087/1441.

Music, Sound and Filmmakers: Sonic Style in Cinema, ed. James Wierzbicki,
in Popular Music and Society, 2014.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03007766.2013.821745

“Making Television in the 21st Century conference report,”
in Nordicom Information, with Rossend Sánchez Baró, 2014.
http://www.nordicom.gu.se/sv/medieforskning/nyheter/making-television-21st-century

A Companion to Media Authorship, eds. Jonathan Gray, Derek Johnson, in Communication Review. 2013.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10714421.2013.839599#.VM_2MVp9WaM

WORKS IN PROGRESS
“The “Do-Good Turn” in East Los High: Teen edu-tainment, non- profit production practices, and
the Latino Millenial Demographic in US TV,” article in progress.
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ONLINE PUBLICATIONS (NON-REFEREED)
2015- Critical Studies in Television online:
“Remembering Gogglebox’s Leon Bernicoff,”
http://cstonline.net/remembering-goggleboxs-leon-bernicoff-a-beacon-of-hope-and-
progressive-attitudes-in-the-era-of-impending-brexit-by-stefania-marghitu/
“Re-Visiting Absolutely Fabulous: Rude, Crude and Totally Spot On,”
http://cstonline.tv/ab-fab-revisit
“The Woman Behind Gogglebox: An Interview with Tania Alexander:
Developing, Making and Casting, and Receiving Gogglebox,”
http://cstonline.tv/the-woman-behind-gogglebox-an-interview-with-tania-alexander

2017 Outside The Bubble: Understanding Differences, Promoting Progressive Values,
“The Importance of Understanding Kimberle Crenshaw’s Intersectionality,”
https://outsidethebubble.org/2017/05/06/371/

2014 The Hairpin, contributor. Interviews with Julie Klausner and Teyonah Parris.
https://www.thehairpin.com/?s=%22stefania+marghitu%22

2013 Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture, contributor. Selected work:
“Gogglebox: A Crash Course on Personal Politics in the UK.”
“Console-ing Passions at 21 conference report,” Antenna and Cinema Journal.
http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/author/smarghitu/

“Making Television and Collaborative Authorship: Interview with Jim Piddock,
Co-Creator of HBO’s Family Tree,” Flow TV.
http://flowtv.org/2013/09/making-television-and-collaborative-authorship/

“The State of the Humanities: Digital Humanities and Media Studies,” Culture in Conversation
curated post, with Christine Becker and Kathleen Fitzpatrick.
https://cultureinconversation.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/the-state-of-the-humanities-
exploring-digital-humanities-and-media-studies/

“Discerning Authorship in Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and
Scandal,” In Media Res, Female Showrunners Week.
http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2013/05/08/discerning-authorship-
shonda-rhimes-greys-anatomy-private-practice-and-scandal

2011 Eastern European Film Bulletin, contributor. http://eefb.org/?s=stefania+marghitu
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CONFERENCES
2019 “Seeking Below the Line Visibility and Social Justice through Instagram:
The Case of The Handmaid’s Tale Costume Designer Ane Crabtree,”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle, WA

2018 “Gertrude Berg as a Proto Radio and TV Showrunner,”
Trailblazing Women on and Off Screen, University of Greenwhich, London, UK.

“Making CW’s Riverdale ‘Quality’ Teen TV: An Exercise in Intertextuality,”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Toronto.

2017 “Safe Sex, Non-profit Funding and the Sabido Method in Hulu’s East Los High,”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, IL.

2016 “Masculine/Feminine: Gender, Genre and Value in US Post-Network Television,”
London Film and Media Conference, London, UK.

“Difficult Women in Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black,”
Console-ing Passions, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

2015 “From Self Promotion to Social Justice: Mapping Shonda Rhimes on Twitter,”
Gendered Politics of Production: Girls and Women as Media Producers,
Middlesex University, London, UK.

2014 Panel Chair: “Television Cultures,” Creating Cultures Conference,
King’s College London, London, UK.

“FX’s The Bridge: Strategizing Towards an Expanding Latino Demographic,”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, WA.

2013 “Violet, Dowager Countess of One-Liners: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey & Online
Stardom,” Exploring British Film and TV Stardom, London, UK.

“Product Placement and Embedded Advertising in US Network Television,”
Making Television in the 21st Century, Aarhus University, Denmark.

“40 Years After Roe v. Wade: Representing Women’s Reproductive Rights in the
Recession,” Console-ing Passions at 21, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

“Replacing Otherness with Reality TV Universality: Gender and Disability in
Push Girls,” Reality Gendervision, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

“Defying the Post-Feminist Masquerade: Lena Dunham and the Imperfect Body of Girls,”
Contemporary Gendered Performance, Queen’s University Belfast, NI.
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INVITED GUEST TALKS
2018 “Globalized Teen TV, National Identity and Ideology,”
Dr. Aniko Imre, Intro to TV and Video, USC.

2017 “East Los High and Teen TV Genre Hybridity,” Dr. Ellen Seiter, Intro to TV. USC.

“A Brief History of the TV Showrunner,” Dr. Nitin Govil, Intro to TV. USC.

“Authorship, Identity and the Meta Workplace Narrative in US TV,”
Dr. Lara Bradshaw, Broadcast History. California State University, Long Beach.

2016 “East Los High, Teen TV as Genre, Latino/a identities & Streaming Potential,”
Dr. Ellen Seiter, History of Streaming TV senior seminar. USC.

2015 “The Body Under Surveillance in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,”
Dr. Justyna Beinek, Undergraduate Film Seminar. Sewanee: University of the South, TN.

2014 “Women Showrunners in the 21st Century,”
TV Media Research Seminar, Middlesex University, London, UK.

SYMPOSIUMS & WORKSHOPS
2018 “Digital Social Activism and Sexual Misconduct in the Music and Media Industries,”
USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Research and Creative Project Symposium,
E-poster presentation with Perry Johnson, Los Angeles, CA.

2013 “Women Showrunners in Television,” TV Studies Workshop and Research Symposium,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

2011 Research Roundtable on Women, Gender and Sexuality in Eastern Europe and Asia,
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching Assistant, USC Division of Cinema and Media Studies:
Spring 2018 CTCS 191: Introduction to Television, Dr. Aniko Imre, TA.
Fall 2017 CTCS 191: Introduction to Television, Dr. Ellen Seiter, Lead TA.
Spring 2017 CTCS 191: Introduction to Television, Dr. Nitin Govil, Lead TA.
Fall 2016 CTCS 191: Introduction to Television, Dr. Ellen Seiter, Lead TA.
2015-2016 CTCS 190: Introduction to Film, Dr. Drew Casper, TA.
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AWARDS & GRANTS
2014-2019 USC Annenberg Fellowship Funding
2018 USC Graduate School, Summer Research and Travel Grant
2018 USC Annenberg Travel & Research Award
2017-2018 USC Center for Excellence Teaching Award in Cinema & Media Studies,
Nominated for University-Wide Award
2017-2018 SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Representative Travel Stipend
2016 USC Graduate Student Government International Travel Grant
2014 King’s College London Travel Grant
2006-2010 IU Faculty Scholarship, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Slavic Honor Society

AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE
2018 Communication, Culture and Critique Peer Reviewer
2016- Fembot Collective Member
2013- Society for Cinema and Media Studies Member
2016-2018 SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Student Representative
2017 Cogent Social Sciences Peer Reviewer
2016 Senses of Cinema Dossier: Twin Peaks, Reviewer, ed. Michael Goddard.

SUPPLEMENTAL COURSEWORK & RESEARCH
2013-2014 King’s College London. MPhil/PhD student. Supervisor: Harvey Cohen
2013 Harvard Extension School graduate course: Culture of Capitalism
2010 Indiana University: Co-organized Contemporary World Cinema course
2007 Indiana University Florence Study Abroad Program: Art History and Italian courses
2005 University of Chicago Summer Program: French & Shakespeare courses

RELATED MEDIA & WORK EXPERIENCE
2016-2019 USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Writing Center Consultant
2016 Peabody Awards screening committee, graduate student judge
USC Introduction to Production graduate course training and practice
2012- 2014 TV for Dinner. Creator, editor, blogger, webmaster http://tvfordinner.co.uk
2007-2011 Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans record label group. Publicist. Intern.
2010 The Kinsey Institute, Art Department internship.
2006-2010 Indiana Daily Student. Editor; film, TV and music critic; blog creator; Opinion, Arts
and WEEKEND sections of student-run newspaper.
http://www.idsnews.com/search/?q=%22stefania+marghitu%22
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INTERVIEWS IN PRESS
2015 “Women Mostly Shut Out Of Directing Television’s Most Popular Shows”
Buzzfeed News, Mary Ann Georgantopoulos.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/maryanngeorgantopoulos/women-mostly-shut-out-of-
directing-televisions-most-popular#.rwEqgYJee

2014 New Books in Film Podcast, contributor roundtable discussion.
http://newbooksinfilm.com/2014/11/25/laura-mattoon-damore-smart-chicks-on-
screenrowman-and-littlefield-2014/

LANGUAGES
Romanian (Fluent, Native); Spanish (Intermediate, Conversational); French & Italian (Basic)

REFERENCES
Ellen Seiter, Ph.D.
Stephen K. Nenno Endowed Chair in Television Studies
Division of Cinema & Media Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
900 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
E-Mail: seiter@usc.edu

Henry Jenkins, Ph.D
Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts and Education
Communication PhD Program and Digital Media Social Media Program
University of Southern California
3502 Watt Way #304, Los Angeles, CA 90089
E-Mail: Hjenkins@usc.edu
Assistant (Jocelyn Kelvin) E-mail: jkelvin@usc.edu

Harvey Cohen, PhD
Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural and Creative Industries
King’s College London
2C Chesham Building, Strand Campus
London, WC2R 2LS
E-Mail: harvey.cohen@kcl.ac.uk