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Cara Dickason

Graduate Student Representative, 2019-2021


Cara Dickason is a Ph.D. candidate in Screen Cultures in the Department of Radio/Television/Film and a Mellon Cluster Fellow in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. Prior to attending Northwestern, she was an instructor of English and composition at Trinity Washington University, Prince George’s Community College, and the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies.


Department of Radio/Television/Film
Northwestern University

Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive, 2nd Floor
Evanston, IL 60208


M.A., English, Georgetown University
B.A., Cinema-Television Critical Studies and English, University of Southern California

Teaching and Research Interests

Girl’s and women’s media, surveillance and digital technology, television spectatorship, class and racial identity, gender and sexuality studies, feminist media theory


“Girls Worth Looking At: Surveillance, Race, and Class in Contemporary Teen Girl TV.” Mediated Girlhoods: New Explorations of Girls’ Media Culture, Volume 2. Eds. Morgan Blue and Mary Celeste Kearney. Peter Lang, 2018.
“‘Someone Was Watching Us’: Surveillance and Spectatorship in Pretty Little Liars.ABC Family to Freeform: Essays on the Millennial-Focused Network and Its Programs. Eds. Emily L. Newman and Emily Witsell. McFarland, 2018.


Other Activities

President, Screen Cultures Graduate Student Association, Northwestern University, 2018-2019
Member, Organizing Committee, Backward Glances Graduate Student Conference, Northwestern University, 2016-2019
Facilitator, Teaching Training Program, Northwestern University, 2018-2019
Faculty-Graduate Student Nominating Committee, 77th Annual Peabody Awards, 2018

Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
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Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075