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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. 2019.
School of Cinematic Arts, Division of Cinema and Media Studies. Minor: Communication
Dissertation: “The Showrunner: Authorship, Identity and Representation in US Television”
Committee: Henry Jenkins (Chair), Aniko Imre, Jennifer Holt

M.A. University College London, Film Studies. 2012.

B.A. Indiana University Bloomington. 2010.
Major: History of Art; Minors: Journalism, Slavic Languages & Literatures: Romanian

PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS
Teen Television, Routledge Genre Guidebook Series, Co-authored with Ellen Seiter,
Under contract and in preparation.

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
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/huntingtonmarghitusp
ectator2015.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#.V
M_2MVp9WaM




ONLINE PUBLICATIONS (NON-REFEREED)

2015- Critical Studies in Television online:
“Creating for Social Media: An Interview with Biniam Bizuneh,”
https://cstonline.net/creating-for-social-media-tv-an-interview-with-
biniam-bizuneh-by-stefania-marghitu/
“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,” 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

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 & 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 “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, 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 & the Imperfect Body
of Girls,” Contemporary Gendered Performance, Queen’s University Belfast.
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.


INVITED GUEST TALKS

2019 “Labor, Capital and the US Showrunner,”
Dr. Aniko Imre, Television Theory, USC.

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,” Intro to TV. Dr. Seiter.USC.

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

“Authorship, Identity and the Meta Workplace Narrative ,” 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,

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 Symposium,
E-poster with Perry Johnson.

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.


AWARDS & GRANTS

2014-2019 USC Annenberg Fellowship
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 & Italian Italian courses
2005 University of Chicago Summer Program: French & Shakespeare


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
2007-2011 Secretly Canadian 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


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 Available Upon Request