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Caetlin Benson-Allott
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Ex officio member, Board of Directors

Biography: Biography: Caetlin Benson-Allott is Associate Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (University of California Press, 2013) and Remote Control (Bloomsbury Press, January 2015). She is the Editor of Cinema Journal and a regular columnist and contributing editor at Film Quarterly. She serves on the Board as an ex-officio member representing Cinema Journal.


Georgetown University
Department of English
3700 O St NW
Washington DC 20057
Office Phone: (202) 687-6018


Ph.D. English Language and Literature, Cornell University
Concentration in Film & Video Studies, Certificates in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Studies

M. A. English Language and Literature, Cornell University.                                                            

A.B. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley.

Teaching and Research Interests:
  US film cultures, exhibition history and material culture, spectatorship theory, gender and sexuality studies, new media theory, the horror genre

Selected Publications:


Remote Control (New York: Bloomsbury Press, January 2015).                                                  

Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (Berkeley: University of California Press, March 2013).

Selected Articles:

“The minor Cronenberg.” The New Review of Film and Television Studies 15:2 (Spring 2017): 152-161.

“Dreadful Architectures: Zones of Intensity in Alien and Lee Bontecou’s Wall Sculpture.” Journal of Visual Culture 15:1 (Winter 2015): 267-278.

“Looking for Looking for Mr. Goodbar: Or, Strategies for Sitting with the Abject Archive.” Feminist Media Histories 1:3 (Fall 2015): 127-162.

“Remote Control: How the Clicker Rewired the Home.” The Atlantic Online (August 1, 2014).                                                                                 

“Going Gaga for Glitch: Digital Failure and Feminist Spectacle in Twenty-First Century Music Video.” In The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media. Eds. Amy Herzog, John Richardson, and Carol Vernallis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 127-139.   

“Introduction: Gender and Labor in Recession-Era Media and Media Studies.” Cinema Journal 53:1 (Fall 2013): 119-122.                                                                                      

“Old Tropes in New Dimensions: Stereoscopy and Franchise Spectatorship.” Film Criticism 37:3 (Spring/Fall 2013): 12-29.                                                               

“The Chora Line: RealD Incorporated.” South Atlantic Quarterly 110:3 (Summer 2011): 621-644.     

 “Undoing Violence: Politics, Genre, and Duration in Kathryn Bigelow’s Cinema.” Film Quarterly 64:2 (Winter 2010): 33-43.                                     

 “Sex Versus the Small Screen: Home Video Censorship and Alfonso Cuarón’s Y tu mamá también.” Jump Cut 51 (Spring 2009).             

“VCR Autopsy.” Journal of Visual Culture 6:2 (August 2007): 175-181. 2007

“‘Before You Die, You See The Ring’: Notes on the Imminent Obsolescence of VHS.” Jump Cut 49 (Spring 2007).               

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