Lecturer in Film, Media Cultural Studies, University of Newcastle

Jessica Ford is a Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Jessica is also the Co-Founder of the Sydney Screen Studies Network. She has published journal articles on Roseanne, Better Things and Girls. Her research interests lie in contemporary American postnetwork television and television histories with a focus on gender and feminism.


  • 2017–present
    Sessional Academic, University of Newcastle
  • 2012–2017
    Sessional Tutor, UNSW
  • 2012–2017
    PhD Candidate, UNSW
  • 2015–2015
    Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, UNSW


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


  • 2018
    Feminist cinematic television: Authorship, aesthetics and gender in Pamela Adlon’s Better Things, fusion journal (14)
  • 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.)
  • 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)