Stefania Marghitu is a PhD candidate with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Division of Cinema and Media Studies. Her primary interests deal with critical and cultural studies of television, the showrunner and modes of authorship, feminist media studies, and production studies. Her dissertation project is titled  The Showrunner: Authorship, Identity, and Representation in US Television.

You can find her work published in Feminist Media StudiesCommunication, Culture and Critique, Spectator, and the edited collection ReFocus on Amy Heckerling (Edinburgh University Press). She has presented talks at conferences such as the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Console-ing Passions, and Making Television in the 21st Century in the US, UK and Denmark.

She will be teaching “Film Aesthetics” at Chapman University in the Fall of 2019 while completing her dissertation.


I received my MA in Film Studies from University College London in 2012. I graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a major in Art History, minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures – Romanian, and with a Certificate from the Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. I was a staff writer or editor for the Indiana Daily Student for most of my time at IU. Right after college, I worked as a publicist for a group of indie rock record labels. I was born in Bucharest, Romania a mere year before the fall of Communism and moved to the US at the age of 5. I spent my grade school years in Auburn, Alabama, a college town that lives and breathes football in the style of Friday Night Lights. For questions, thoughts, or concerns, e-mail me.


Illustration by Amelia Giller.

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