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Aviva Dove-Viebahn

Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Arizona State University

Aviva Dove-Viebahn joined the Film and Media Studies program in the Department of English in 2018, after six years as a faculty fellow in ASU's Barrett Honors College. She earned her doctorate in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester and her master's in art history at the University of Virginia. Prior to ASU, she taught film, women’s studies and the interdisciplinary humanities at the University of Northern Colorado. From 2012-2018, she was the Web Content Manager for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and an ex-officio member of its Board of Directors. Currently a contributing editor at Ms. magazine, she is responsible for its Scholar Writing Program and serves on the magazine's advisory Committee of Scholars. Ms. magazine frequently carries her essays and reviews in both its print edition and online. In addition to her scholarship and public writing, Dove-Viebahn has co-written several screenplays (with Brittany K. Fonte), one of which has been produced, with two other scripts in development.

Dove-Viebahn's academic interests concentrate on gender, race, and representation in popular culture; contemporary visual art and media, including film and television; and the role of the spectator in the digital age. Her book, "There She Goes Again: Gender, Power, and Knowledge in Contemporary Film and Television Franchises," is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in December 2023. It explores representations of feminine intuition, as a contested and ambivalent form of gendered power and knowledge, in contemporary media. She also co-edited, with Carrie N. Baker, the anthology "Public Feminisms," which was published by Lever Press in May 2023.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
  • 2019–present
    Contributing Editor, Ms. magazine
  • 2012–2018
    Lecturer, Arizona State University


  • 2010 
    University of Rochester, PhD
  • 2003 
    University of Virginia, MA
  • 2001 
    Mary Baldwin College, BA


  • 2023
    Public Feminisms: From Academy to Community, Lever Press
  • 2023
    “Fantasies of White Feminism: The Human as “Other” in Captain Marvel (2019)”, Feminist Media Studies
  • 2023
    “Controlling the Narrative, Examining the Self: The Unruly Femme Subjectivity of Fleabag”, Sexualities
  • 2023
    There She Goes Again: Gender, Power and Knowledge in Contemporary Film and Television Franchises [forthcoming], Rutgers University Press
  • 2021
    “Queer Eye for the Housewife: Julianne Moore, Radical Femme-ininity, and Destabilizing the Suburban Family”, Journal of Lesbian Studies
  • 2020
    “Fan-ning the Flame: Representations of Lesbian Romance on Cult Television, from Subtext to Main Text” , Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media
  • 2012
    “Mourning Becomes the Mad Men: Notes on Nostalgia”, Invisible Culture
  • 2012
    “Seeing is Believing: CSI, Serial Mortality and the Discourse of True Vision”, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies
  • 2007
    “Embodying Hybridity, (En)gendering Community: Captain Janeway and the Enactment of a Feminist Heterotopia on Star Trek: Voyager”, Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • National Women's Studies Association