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 Studies, Communication, Culture and Critique, Spectator, and the edited collection ReFocus on Amy Heckerling (Edinburgh University Press). Stefania is currently under contract and in preparation for Teen TV with Routledge’s TV Genre Guidebook Series. 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 taught Film Aesthetics at Chapman University in Fall of 2019 and Introduction to Media Studies at Pitzer College in Spring of 2020, while completing her PhD. As a doctoral student at USC, she was a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Film and Introduction to Television, and Lead Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Television and International Cinema After World War II.
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.