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STEFANIA MARGHITU

marghitu@usc.edu | www.stefaniamarghitu.com

EDUCATION
University of Southern California, Ph.D. 2019.
School of Cinematic Arts, Division of Cinema and Media Studies
Minor: Communication, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Dissertation: The Showrunner: Authorship, Identity, and Representation in US Television
Committee: Henry Jenkins (Chair), Aniko Imre, Christine Acham, Jennifer Holt

University College London, M.A. 2012.


School of European Languages, Culture, and Society, Film Studies
Thesis: Mad Men: Representing a Pre-Second Wave Era in a Post-Feminist TV Landscape
Adviser: Melvyn Stokes

Indiana University Bloomington, B.A. 2010.


Art History–major; Journalism, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Romanian–minors
Thesis: Marcel Iancu: The Father of Romania’s Forgotten Avant-Garde

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS
Chapman University, Instructor of record, Introduction to Film Aesthetics, Fall 2019

USC, Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Film, Introduction to Television and Video, 2014–2019

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS
Teen TV, Routledge guidebook, single author, under contract and in preparation

PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES


“Broad City and Insecure’s Millenial Showrunners: From Indie Web Series to Cable
and Streaming Crossovers,” Feminist Media Studies, Commentary and Criticism:
Independent Women from Film to TV, edited by Safiya Noble and Melanie
Kennedy, Vol. 19, No. 7, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2019.1667075

“‘It’s just art’: auteur apologism in the post-Weinstein era,” Feminist Media Studies,
Commentary and Criticism: Gendered Power and Harassment in the Media
Industries, edited by Shelley Cobb & Tanya Horeck, Vol.18, No.3, 2018.
https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2018.1456158
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(PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES, CONTINUED)


“Feminist Online Responses Against the Alt-Right: The Handmaid’s Tale as a Symbol
& Catalyst of Resistance,” with Kelsey Moore Johnson. Communication, Culture and
Critique, edited by Sarah Banet-Weiser & Laurie Ouellette, Vol.11, No.1, 2018.
https://doi.org/10.1093/ccc/tcx008

“Body Talk: The Post-Feminist Discourse and Critical Reception of Girls,”


with Conrad Ng, Gender Forum. 2013.
http://genderforum.org/special-issue-early-career-researchers-i-issue-45-2013/

“The Romanian New Wave: Witnessing Everyday Life in the Ceausescu Era,”
UCLA Undergraduate Journal of Slavic & East European Studies, 2012.
http://international.ucla.edu/media/files/marghitu-vol-five-r3-ayy.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,” with Lindsey Alexander,
Refocus on Amy Heckerling, edited by 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, edited by Laura M.
D’Amore, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.

BOOK REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, & REPORTS IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS

Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers by Shelley Cobb, book review,
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, book review, IJOC,
2015. https://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/4087/1441

“The Business of Cause Marketing: A Conversation with Judi Ketcik,”


with Eleanor Huntington, The Spectator, Vol. 35, No.2, Fall 2015.

Music, Sound and Filmmakers: Sonic Style in Cinema, ed. James Wierzbicki, book review,
in Popular Music and Society, 2018. https://doi/abs/10.1080/03007766.2013.821745

“Making Television in the 21st Century conference report,” with Rossend Sánchez Baró,
in Nordicom Information, 2014.

Companion to Media Authorship, eds. Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson, book review, in
Communication Review, 2013.
https://doi/full/10.1080/10714421.2013.839599#.VM_2MVp9WaM
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SELECTED PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

“Creating for Social Media: Biniam Bizuneh Interview,” Critical Studies in Television, 2019.
https://cstonline.net/creating-for-social-media-tv-an-interview-with-biniam-
bizuneh-by-stefania-marghitu/

“Remembering Gogglebox’s Leon Bernicoff,”Critical Studies in Television, 2017.


https://cstonline.net/remembering-goggleboxs-leon-bernicoff-a-beacon-of-hope-
and-progressive-attitudes-in-the-era-of-impending-brexit-by-stefania-marghitu/

“The Woman Behind Gogglebox: An Interview with Tania Alexander,”


Critical Studies in Television, 2015. https://cstonline.net/the-woman-behind-gogglebox-
an-interview-with-tania-alexander-by-stefania-marghitu/

“Nothing But The Truth: An Interview with Teyonah Parris,” The Hairpin, 2014.
https://www.thehairpin.com/2014/10/nothing-but-the-truth-an-interview-with-
teyonah-parris/

“Difficult Woman: A Conversation with Julie Klausner,” The Hairpin, 2014.


https://www.thehairpin.com/2014/06/difficult-woman-a-conversation-with-julie-
klausner/

“Skins: A Primer,”Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture, 2013.


http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2013/07/08/skins-a-primer/

“Making Television and Collaborative Authorship: Interview with Jim


Piddock, Co-Creator of HBO’s Family Tree,” Flow TV, 2013.
http://flowtv.org/2013/09/making-television-and-collaborative-authorship

“The State of the Humanities: Digital Humanities and Media Studies,”


Culture in Conversation, with Christine Becker and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, 2013.
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, 2013.
https://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/imr/2013/05/08/discerning-
authorship-shonda-rhimes-greys-anatomy-private-practice-and-scandal

“Fruits of Labor: The Beginning of The Cinema of Moral Concern,


Andrzej Wajda’s Man of Marble (1976),” Eastern European Film Bulletin, 2011.
https://eefb.org/retrospectives/andrzej-wajdas-man-of-marble-czlowiek-z-
marmuru-1976

“Revolutionary Claims: Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002).”


Eastern European Film Bulletin, 2011, https://eefb.org/retrospectives/alexander-
sokurovs-russian-ark-russkiy-kovcheg-2002/
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CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Transatlantic Showrunners and the Crossover Appeal of Sharon Horgan and
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Women-Centered Series,”
Doing Women’s Film and Television History, Maynooth University, Ireland, 2020.

“How to be Broke: Authorship and Medium Specificity in Snapchat Originals,”


Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Denver, 2020.

“Theorizing the Showrunner-Star: From Gertrude Berg to Shonda Rhimes,”


Centre for Media & Celebrity Studies, New York, 2019.

“The Quarter-Life Crises of Sharon Horgan’s Pulling & Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Crashing,”
Gateway to Cinema & Media Studies, University of Notre Dame, London, 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, Seattle, 2019.

“Gertrude Berg as a Proto Radio and TV Showrunner,”


Trailblazing Women On & Off Screen, University of Greenwich, London, 2018.

“Digital Social Activism and Sexual Misconduct in the Music and Media Industries,”
E-poster with Perry Johnson, USC Graduate Symposium, 2018.

“Making CW’s Riverdale ‘Quality’ Teen TV: An Exercise in Intertextuality,”


Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Toronto, 2018.

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

“Difficult Women in Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black,”


Console-ing Passions, University of Notre Dame, 2016.

“Gender, Genre and Value in US Post-Network Television,”


London Film and Media, 2016.

“From Self Promotion to Social Justice: Mapping Shonda Rhimes on Twitter,”


Gendered Politics of Production: Girls and Women as Media Producers,
Middlesex University, London, 2015.

“FX’s The Bridge: Strategizing Towards an Expanding Latino Demographic,”


Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, 2014.

“Product Placement Strategies in US Post-Network Television,”


Making TV in the 21st Century, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2013.
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(CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS, CONTINUED)


“Replacing Otherness with Reality TV Universality in Push Girls: On Gender & Disability,”
Reality Gender-vision, Indiana University Bloomington, 2013.

“The Imperfect Body of Girls,” Contemporary Gendered Performance and Practice,


Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland, 2013.

“Women Showrunners in Television,” Television Studies Research Symposium,


University of Georgia, Athens, 2013.

“40 Years After Roe v. Wade: Representations of Reproductive Rights in the Recession,”
Console-ing Passions, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, 2013.

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

“Women Protagonists in the Romanian New Wave,”


Research Roundtable on Women, Gender and Sexuality in Eastern Europe and Eurasia,
Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, 2011.

GUEST LECTURES

“Teen TV as Genre,” Dr. Aniko Imre,


Introduction to TV, University of Southern California, 2019.

“Labor, Capital, and the US Showrunner,” Dr. Aniko Imre,


Television Theory, Graduate Seminar, USC, 2019.

“Globalized Teen TV, National Identity, and Ideology,” Dr. Aniko Imre,
Introduction to TV, USC, 2018.

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


Introduction to TV, USC, 2017.

“Authorship, Identity, and the Self-Reflexive Workplace Narrative,” Dr. Lara Bradshaw,
Broadcast History, California State University Long Beach, 2017.

“The Body Under Surveillance in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” Dr. Justyna Beinek,
Body/Film: Representing The Body in Contemporary World Film,
Undergraduate seminar, Sewanee: University of the South, 2015.
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INVITED TALKS

“US Women Showrunners in the 21st Century,” TV Media Research Seminar,


Middlesex University, London, 2014.

AWARDS & GRANTS

USC Annenberg Fellowship, 2014–2019

USC Graduate School, Summer Research and Travel Grant, 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, 2017–2018

King’s College London, Student Travel Grant, 2016

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & SERVICE


Society for Cinema and Media Studies Member, 2013–

The Projector: A Journal of Film, Media & Culture, Peer Reviewer, 2018–

SCMS Women’s Caucus, Graduate Student Representative, 2016–2018

Communication, Culture and Critique Peer Reviewer, 2018

Cogent Social Sciences Peer Reviewer, 2017

Senses of Cinema Dossier: Twin Peaks, Peer Reviewer, 2016

Fembot Collective Member, 2016–

TEACHING ASSISTANT EXPERIENCE

University of Southern California, CTCS 191, Introduction to Television,


Lead Teaching Assistant and Teaching Assistant, 2017–2019

University of Southern California, CTCS 190: Introduction to Film,


Teaching Assistant, 2015–2016
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RELATED MEDIA & WORK EXPERIENCE


Auburn University Computer Science for All Summer Camp,
Participant Observer, Research and Editorial Consultant, 2012–

USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, Writing Center Consultant, 2016–2019

USC Graduate level Introduction to Production Course, training and practice, 2016

TV for Dinner blog, creator, editor, blogger, webmaster, 2012–2014

Secretly Canadian record label group, publicist, assistant, and intern, 2007–2011

The Kinsey Institute, Art Department intern, Indiana University, 2010

Indiana Daily Student, editor; film, TV and music critic; blog creator;
Opinion, Arts and WEEKEND sections of student-run newspaper, 2006–2010
https://www.idsnews.com/search/?q=%22stefania+marghitu%22

INTERVIEWS IN PRESS
“Women Mostly Shut Out Of Directing Television’s Most Popular Shows”
Buzzfeed News, Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, 2015.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/maryanngeorgantopoulos/women-mostly-shut-out-of-
directing-televisions-most-popular#.rwEqgYJee

SUPPLEMENTAL COURSEWORK & RESEARCH


King’s College London, M.Phil./Ph.D. student,
Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries
Supervisor: Harvey Cohen, 2013–2014

Harvard Extension School graduate course, Culture of Capitalism, 2013

Indiana University, Co-organized Contemporary World Cinema course, 2010

Indiana University, Florence Study Abroad Program, 2007

University of Chicago Summer Program, French & Shakespeare courses, 2005

LANGUAGES
Romanian (Fluent, Native); Spanish (Intermediate, Conversational); French & Italian (Basic)
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REFERENCES
Henry Jenkins, Ph.D.
Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts & Education
University of Southern California
HJenkins@usc.edu

Aniko Imre, Ph.D.


Professor, Division of Cinema & Media Studies, University of Southern California
Imre@usc.edu

Christine A. Acham, Ph.D.


Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
cacham@cinema.usc.edu

Harvey Cohen, Ph.D.


Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries, King’s College London
Harvey.Cohen@kcl.ac.uk

Shelley Cobb, Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Film, University of Southampton
S.Cobb@soton.ac.uk