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Caetlin Benson-Allott


Assistant Professor


Department of English
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+1 202-687-6018


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Fall 2014: W 1:00-3:00


Caetlin Benson-Allott is Assistant 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 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013). Her work on film and technology, home video, and spectatorship has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, The Journal of Visual Culture, Jump Cut, Film Quarterly, Film Criticism, In Media Res, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and multiple anthologies. Her 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 is now a regular columnist and contributing editor. She is currently working on two book projects, a history of the remote control device (to be published in Bloomsbury Press's Object Lessons series), and comparative study of the political impact of stunt work and digital visual effects that focuses on the automotive spectacles of the 1970s and 2000s US car movie cycles. She teaches courses on film history and theory, histories of new media, gender and technology studies, and the horror genre. She spends her spare time playing with her shih tzu, Frisco.


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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