Dr Jessica Ford

Dr Jessica Ford

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Jessica Ford is a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is a co-founder of the Sydney Screen Studies Network and a Contributing Editor of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture. Jessica’s research examines women and feminism on television and she has published on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roseanne, and Girls. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Cultural Studies
  • Feminism
  • Film Studies
  • Gender
  • Media Studies
  • Television

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
200104 Media Studies 25
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality 25
190204 Film and Television 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2016 - 31/12/2016 Postgraduate Teaching Fellow UNSW
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Australia
1/08/2012 - 1/12/2017 Casual Academic UNSW
School of the Arts & Media
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
FMCS2200 Popular Culture and Society
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Course Covener 26/02/2018 - 30/06/2018
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ford JA, 'Negotiating Creative Feminine Labor on Family Television: Are Jane By Design and Bunheads Riding a New Feminist Wave?', ABC Family to Freeform TV: Essays on the Millennial-Focused Network and its Programs, McFarland, Durham 84-98 (2018)
2014 Ford JA, 'Feminist and Postfeminist Discourses: Reading the Britta Problem', A Sense of Community: Essays on the Television Series and its Fandom, McFarland, Durham 82-97 (2014)
2012 Ford JA, 'Coming Out of the Broom Closet: Willow s Sexuality & Empowerment in Buffy', Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion, Titan Books, London 97-102 (2012)

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ford J, Macrossan P, 'The musical number as feminist intervention in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 8 55-69 (2019)
DOI 10.1386/ajpc.8.1.55_1
2018 Ford J, 'Feminist cinematic television: Authorship, aesthetics and gender in Pamela Adlon s Better Things', fusion, 14 16-29 (2018) [C1]
2018 Ford J, 'Rebooting Roseanne: Feminist Voice across Decades', M/C Journal, 21 1-8 (2018) [C1]
2018 Ford J, Brooks J, Robson M, Williams K, 'Editorial: Intersections in film and media studies', fusion journal, 14 3-5 (2018)
2016 Ford J, 'The smart body politics of Lena Dunham s Girls', Feminist Media Studies, 16 1029-1042 (2016)

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Since its 2012 debut Girls has received an extraordinary amount of attention and criticism from both academic c... [more]

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Since its 2012 debut Girls has received an extraordinary amount of attention and criticism from both academic circles and popular culture critics. It has been critiqued for its depiction of female nudity and its portrayal of female sexual subjecthood. At the center of these debates is how author¿star Lena Dunham¿s body is positioned and utilized aesthetically and politically. This essay examines the brand of body politics and mode of female sexual subjecthood that the series creates and performs. In order to track how Girls produces this body politics and female sexual subjecthood I position it in relation to earlier feminist television series and indie cinema. This essay argues that Girls¿ particular brand of body politics and the mode of female sexual subjecthood it depicts is characterized by emotional intimacy, irony and reflexivity. Furthermore I contend that Girls¿ gender politics is enabled by the series¿ utilization of a low-key aesthetic and the ¿smart¿ tendency, more commonly discussed in relation to American indie cinema.

DOI 10.1080/14680777.2016.1162826
Citations Scopus - 10
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ford J, 'The Netflix Effect: Technology and Entertainment in the 21st Century, Kevin McDonald and Daniel Smith-Rowsey (eds) (2016) (2019)
DOI 10.1386/jdmp.10.1.127_5

Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ford J, 'Intersections in film and media studies', : Charles Sturt University (2018)
2018 Ford J, 'Intersections in film and media studies', : Charles Sturt University (2018)

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ford J, 'WENTWORTH IS THE NEW PRISONER CONFERENCE REPORT', CST Online (2018)
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Dr Jessica Ford

Position

Lecturer
SLEW
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email jessica.ford@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5175
Fax N/A
Link Twitter

Office

Room MC122
Building McMulllin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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