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Chapman University
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Media Cultures, Television, Film, US Broadcasting History, Youth Culture
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About Me

Stefania Marghitu holds her PhD from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Division of Cinema and Media Studies, with a minor from The Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Her primary interests deal with critical and cultural studies of television, modes of authorship, youth cultures, intersectional feminism, digital media activism, and production cultures.

Her forthcoming book, Teen Television(Routledge), will be released in May 2021.You can also find her work published in journals such as Feminist Media StudiesCommunication, Culture and Critique, Spectator, and the edited collection ReFocus on Amy Heckerling (Edinburgh University Press).

She is currently a visiting lecturer at Pitzer College and Chapman University, where she teaches Media Studies and Film Aesthetics. She has previously taught introductory and upper level  courses on film, television, and digital media history, aesthetics, and theory at California State University Northridge and Columbia College Hollywood. 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.

Recent Publications

Teen Television (Routledge, 2021).

““Whiteness and the Ambiguous Racial Politics of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale ”
 with Kelsey Moore Johnson,
#AmericaSoWhite: White Supremacy and the Media in Trump’s Americ 
a, Eds. Sarah E. Turner and Sarah Nilsen, New York University Pres, forthcoming.

“Broad City  
and Insecure’s Millenial Showrunners: From Indie Web Series to Cable and Streaming Crossovers,” Feminist Media Studies, Commentary and Criticism: Vol. 19, No. 7, 2019. 

“‘It’s just art’:
auteur   apologism in the post-Weinstein era,” Feminist Media Studies, Commentary and Criticism: Vol.18, No.3, 2018. 
“Feminist Online Responses Against theAlt
-Right: The Handmaid’s Tale
as a Symbol & Catalyst of Resistance, ” with Kelsey Moore Johnson. Communication, Culture and Critique, edited by Sarah Banet-Weiser & Laurie Ouellette, Vol.11, No.1, 2018. 

‘“But Seriously, I actually have a way 
normal life for a teenage girl’: The Teenage Female Empowerment Payoff in Amy Heckerling’s Clueless,Second Author: Lindsey Alexander, Refocus on Amy Heckerling, edited by Frances Smith and Timothy Shary. Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
s Peggy Olson: A Prefeminist Champion in a Postfeminist TV Landscape,”
Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women’s Intellect in Film and TV 
, edited by Laura M.
D’Amore, Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.
“Body Talk: The Post-Feminist Discourse and Critical Reception of Girls ,”

“The Romanian New Wave: Witnessing Everyday Life in the Ceausescu
UCLA Undergraduate Journal of Slavic & East European Studies, 2012.  


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Children & Youth, Material Culture, Sexuality, Women