Dr Jessica Ford is a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Jessica is a co-founder of the Sydney Screen Studies Network and a Contributing Editor of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture.
Jessica's research explores how, when and why feminism happens on screen. “What is feminism” is constantly open to interpretation and negotiation, and television is a key site for this negotiation. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal this is of increased interest, because many television series, like The Handmaid’s Tale, that have responded to the #MeToo movement.
She has published on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roseanne, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Girls.
Lecturer, University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor, UNSW
PhD Candidate, UNSW
Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, UNSW
University of Newcastle, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
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)
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)
The musical number as feminist intervention in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (co-author: Phoebe Macrossan), Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (8.1)
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.)
Feminist cinematic television: Authorship, aesthetics and gender in Pamela Adlon’s Better Things, fusion journal (14)
Rebooting Roseanne: Feminist voice across decades., M/C Journal (21.5)
The "smart" body politics of Lena Dunham's Girls, Feminist Media Studies (16.4)
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)
Coming Out of the Broom Closet: Willow's Sexuality and Empowerment in Buffy, The Joss Whedon Companion. Ed. Mary Alice Money (Titan Books)
Sydney Screen Studies Network
Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)