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Lecturer in Media, University of Adelaide

Dr Jessica Ford is a Lecturer in Media at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her research examines women and feminism on screen, and she has published on Orange is the New Black, Girls, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Better Things in peer-reviewed journals, academic anthologies and journalistic outlets.


  • 2023–present
    Lecturer in Media, University of Adelaide
  • 2019–2022
    Lecturer in Screen & Cultural Studies, University of Newcastle
  • 2012–2017
    PhD Candidate, UNSW
  • 2012–2017
    Sessional Tutor, UNSW
  • 2015–2015
    Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, UNSW


  • 2017 
    UNSW, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)


  • 2020
    Can prison be a feminist space?: Interrogating television representations of women’s prisons, The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Culture, eds. Marcus Harmes, Meredith Harmes and Barbara Harmes (Palgrave)
  • 2020
    Popular feminism and television stardom in Hallmark’s original made-for-television movies, The Hallmark Channel: Essays on Faith, Race and Feminism, eds. Emily L. Newman & Emily Witsell. (McFarland)
  • 2019
    The musical number as feminist intervention in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (co-author: Phoebe Macrossan), Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (8.1)
  • 2018
    Rebooting Roseanne: Feminist voice across decades., M/C Journal (21.5)
  • 2018
    Smuggling Feminism into Family TV: Are Jane by Design and Bunheads riding a new feminist wave?, ABC Family Anthology. Eds. by Emily L. Newman and Emily Witsell (McFarland & Co.)
  • 2018
    Feminist cinematic television: Authorship, aesthetics and gender in Pamela Adlon’s Better Things, fusion journal (14)
  • 2016
    The "smart" body politics of Lena Dunham's Girls, Feminist Media Studies (16.4)
  • 2014
    Feminist and Postfeminist Discourses: Reading the Britta Problem, A Sense of Community: Essays on the Television Series & its Fandom. Ed. Ann-Gee Lee (McFarland & Co, Inc)
  • 2012
    Coming Out of the Broom Closet: Willow's Sexuality and Empowerment in Buffy, The Joss Whedon Companion. Ed. Mary Alice Money (Titan Books)

Professional Memberships

  • Sydney Screen Studies Network
  • Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
  • Association of Cultural Studies

Research Areas

  • Film And Television (190204)
  • Film, Television And Digital Media (1902)
  • Visual Cultures (190104)
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality (200205)
  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)
  • Cinema Studies (190201)