Dr Jessica Ford

Dr Jessica Ford

Casual Academic

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary


Dr Jessica Ford is an early career researcher at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Jessica is a co-founder of the Sydney Screen Studies Network – a community of screen studies scholars and researchers, and a Contributing Editor of MAI: Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture. She has published on various female-centric US television series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bunheads, and Girls. Jessica’s research examines women and feminism on screen.


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


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

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190204 Film and Television 40
200104 Media Studies 25
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science

Teaching appointment

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


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Ford J, 'The ¿smart¿ body politics of Lena Dunham¿s Girls', Feminist Media Studies, 16 1029-1042 (2016)
DOI 10.1080/14680777.2016.1162826

Dr Jessica Ford


Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email jessica.ford@newcastle.edu.au
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