Dr Jessica Ford

Dr Jessica Ford

Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Jessica Ford is a co-founder of the Sydney Screen Studies Network and a Contributing Editor of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture. Jessica's research explores how, when and why feminism happens on screen. “What is feminism” is constantly open to interpretation and negotiation, and television is a key site for this negotiation. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal this is of increased interest, because many television series, like The Handmaid’s Tale, that have responded to the #MeToo movement. She has published on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roseanne, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Girls.

Community Engagement

Jessica promotes collaboration and reaching across disciplinary boundaries. She is the co-founder of the Sydney Screen Studies Network (SSSN) – a community of film, media, and television researchers from the greater Sydney area. SSSN hosts events, including seminars, screenings, symposia, and workshops. She is a Contributing Editor (Film and Television) of peer-reviewed academic journal MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture founded by Anna Backman Rogers (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Anna Misiak (Falmouth University, UK). She has appeared on 2SER, ABC Radio National, ABC NewsRadio and ABC Radio Newcastle. Jessica has published articles for The Conversation and has shared her research at academic conferences and public talks, such as the Critical Animals program at the This is Not Art (TiNA) Festival. 

Teaching Philosophy

Jessica's teaching philosophy emphasises the importance of student-led learning with a concentration on the knowledges students bring to the classroom. Her teaching practice uses technologies and media in order to engage and employ students’ existing media literacies and interest in media and popular culture to explore conceptual frameworks and unpack theory. The employment teaching strategies that encourage small group work and empowers students to work through conceptual knowledge in a productive context, including class debates and group discussions, which enables deep learning through application and consolidation.

PhD Research

Jessica's PhD Thesis American Feminist Sensibility Television in the Postnetwork Era moves across disciplinary boundaries and draws on and contributes to contemporary debates in media studies, television studies, film studies, and gender studies. The PhD Thesis argued that the feminist work of many contemporary US television series has not been sufficiently recognised because many feminist-inflected series, such as Big Love (HBO 2006–2013), The Good Wife (CBS 2009–2016), Girls (HBO 2012–2017), and Orange is the New Black (Netflix 2013–present), are seemingly at odds with the form of US television currently given most cultural value—quality television. This thesis was highly commended by examiner Dr Claire Perkins (Monash University) as persuasive, timely, and eminently publishable. In her report Perkins notes, “In American Feminist Sensibility Television in the Postnetwork Era Jessica Ford has produced a highly lucid, timely and convincingly argued examination of contemporary scripted US television with a feminist orientation.” 


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 (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ford J, 'Women s indie television: the intimate feminism of women-centric dramedies', Feminist Media Studies, 19 928-943 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/14680777.2019.1667060
2019 Ford J, Macrossan P, 'The musical number as feminist intervention in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend', Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 8 55-69 (2019) [C1]
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 - 12
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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 (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ford J, MacRossan P, 'The Real Dirty Dancing reduces a political film to little more than coy dance numbers', (2019) [O1]
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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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $1,500

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20191 grants / $1,500

Boosting C1 publication output$1,500

Funding body: School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle

Funding body School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Scheme Film, Media, Culture |
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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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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