Caetlin Benson-Allott


Associate Professor
Department of English
Faculty, American Studies Program


Department of English
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Spring 2017: T 11:00am-1:00pm


Caetlin Benson-Allott is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University and Core Faculty Member in its Film and Media Studies Program. 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, forthcoming January 2015). Her work in film theory, exhibition technology, spectatorship studies, and gender studies has appeared in the Atlantic, Cinema Journal, South Atlantic Quarterly, the Journal of Visual Culture, Jump Cut, Film Quarterly, Film Criticism, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Feminist Media Histories, among other journals, and multiple anthologies. Her doctoral dissertation won the Society for the Cinema and Media Studies Best Dissertation Award in 2009. After winning Film Quarterly's 50th Anniversary Review Essay Competition in 2008, she continued to write for the journal and became a regular columnist in 2011. She is currently working on a book-length study of six significant objects in contemporary media culture—the VHS cassette, the DVD, the cruise ship, the gun, alcohol, and marijuana—and shows how these are shaping current spectatorial practice and popular perceptions of gender, race, political history, and citizenship in the US. She teaches courses on film history and theory, histories of new media, gender and technology studies, and the horror genre.


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  • Ph.D. (2008) Cornell University, English
  • M.A. (2005) Cornell University, English
  • A.B. (2002) University of California - Berkeley, Comparative Literature