SARAH PROJANSKY portrait
  • Associate Dean Faculty & Academic Affairs in the College of Fine Arts
  • Professor, Film & Media Arts Department
  • Professor, Gender Studies
  • Professor, Gender Studies
  • Adjunct Professor, Communication

Research Keywords

  • Television
  • Sexuality and Queer Studies
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Media
  • Girls' Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Franchise & Blockbuster Studies
  • Film
  • Feminist Studies
  • Digital Media, New Media

Presentations

  • "Mainstreaming Anti-Rape Activism: Title IX and the College-Girl Hero." Beloved Consumers, Fraught Cyphers: Young People, Material Culture, and Media History (Faculty Colloquium). University of Pittsburgh. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/09/2016.
  • "Girls, Gender, Celebrity, and the Contemporary Blockbuster Film Franchise." International Communication Association. Fukuoka, Japan. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/12/2016.
  • "Finding Gender in Media Franchising." International Girl's Studies Association Inaugural Conference. University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 04/08/2016.
  • "From Documentary to Fictional Realism: Mira Nair's Documentary Roots, Fictional Home, and Production Politics." With Kent A. Ono. Annual Race and Media Conference. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/25/2015.
  • Workshop Participant. "Mapping New Methodological Approaches to Girls' Film and Media Studies." SCMS. Montreal, Canada. Other, Presented, 03/28/2015.
  • Workshop Participant. "Idea to Article." Western States Communication Association. Spokane, WA. Other, Presented, 02/22/2015.
  • Guest Lecturer. "Whiteness and Media." Communication Department. University of Utah. Other, Presented, 02/17/2015.
  • Roundtable Participant. "Feminist Pedagogy in the Communication Classroom: Examining the Past for Future Directions." National Communication Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Other, Presented, 11/2014.
  • Roundtable Co-Facilitator (with Anthony Kolenic). "Academic Analytics and the Fine Arts." International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO. Other, Presented, 10/23/2014.
  • "The Star in the Franchise: Jennifer Lawrence, Kristin Stewart, and Celebrity Gendering in Contemporary Film Franchises." Celebrity Studies Journal Bi-annual Conference. University of London, Royal Holloway. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/2014.
  • Respondent to Panel: "Sassy, Sexy, or Cute: Child Actors and the Erotic." Berkshire Conference of Women's Historians. Toronto, Canada. Other, Presented, 05/2014.
  • "Sexual Violence in Popular Culture: Pervasive, Generative, and Sometimes Feminist?" School of the Art Institute of Chicago, invited talk. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2014.
  • "Who is the 21st Century Girl?: Girls' Studies and the Franchise-able Girl." National Communication Association. Washington, DC. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/22/2013.
  • Panel Participant. "Why Women's Studies in Communication?" NCA. Washington, DC. Other, Presented, 11/21/2013.
  • Panel Participant. "University Professor as a Career." ArtsForce. University of Utah. Other, Presented, 11/02/2013.
  • Workshop Participant. Success and Survival in the 21st Century: Career Strategies for Under- or Unrepresented Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty in Film and Media Studies. SCMS. Chicago, IL. Other, Presented, 03/07/2013.
  • "Defining the Franchise-able Girl." Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, IL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/06/2013.
  • "Defining the Girl Celebrity." Inaugural Celebrity Studies Journal Conference. Deakin University, Burwood. Melbourne, Australia. December, 2012. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 12/2012.
  • "A Different Kind of Spectacular Girl: Sakia Gunn's Life and Death in the Local and Alternative Press." National Communication Association (NCA). Orlando, FL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/18/2012.
  • "The History of Sexual Violence in Film." International Women's Film Festival. Rehovot, Israel.. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/10/2011.
  • "Producing a Black Athletic Girlhood: Venus Williams, Live Coverage, and Possibilities for Reading Anti-Racism in Mainstream Mass Media." NCA. New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2011.
  • Workshop Chair and Convener. The Politics of Doing Feminist Girls' Media Studies. NCA. New Orleans, LA. Other, Presented, 11/2011.
  • Panel Chair and Convener. The Girl and the Franchise. NCA. New Orleans, LA. Other, Presented, 11/2011.
  • "Public Debate and 21st Century U.S. Girl Films: From Cady, to Olive, to Juno, to Precious." Cultural Studies and the Popular. American University in Paris. Paris, France. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 07/02/2011.
  • Respondent. Post498A: Shades of Domestic Violence (documentary film). Global Feminist Media Studies Conference. UIUC. Other, Presented, 03/29/2011.
  • "Debating the Girl Hero: Contentious Media Attention, Optimistic Feminist Analysis, and 21st Century Film." SCMS. New Orleans, LA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2011.
  • Faculty Critic. Midwest Winter Workshop. University of Iowa. Other, Presented, 01/15/2011.
  • "'Where's the Outrage, Where's the Coverage?': Sakia Gunn and the Possibility of a Queer African American 'Cover Girl.'" NCA. San Francisco, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2010.
  • "Feminist Girls' Media Studies and the Politics of (the Study of) Representation." SCMS. Los Angeles, CA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2010.
  • Roundtable Participant. Girls' Studies. ICR Reunion Conference. UIUC. Other, Presented, 02/13/2010.
  • Faculty Critic. Midwest Winter Workshop. Northwestern University. Other, Presented, 01/16/2010.

Publications

  • "The Conundrum of Twice-Powerful Feminism: Title IX, Sexual Violence, and the Reinvention of Feminist Activism." Emergent Feminisms and the Challenge to Post-feminist Media Culture. Ed. Maureen Ryan and Jessalynn Keller. Submitted, 12/2016.
  • Projansky, Sarah and Kent A. Ono. "From Documentary to Fictional Realism: Mira Nair's Documentary Roots, Fictional Home, and Production Politics." In Indie Reframed: Women and Contemporary American Independent Cinema. Ed. Linda Badley, Claire Perkins, and Michele Schreiber. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. Published, 01/2016.
  • Keller, Jessalynn, Morgan Blue, Mary Celeste Kearney, Kirsten Pike, and Sarah Projansky. 2015. "Mapping New Methodological Approaches to Girls’ Media Studies: Reflections from the Field." Journal of Children and Media. 9.4: 528-535. Published, 10/2015.
  • Review of Susan Macmillan, Girls Moving Beyond Myth; Sut Jhally, Understanding Hookup Culture: What's Really Happening on College Campuses; and Tahani Rached, These Girls (El-Banate Dol). Films for the Feminist Classroom. 5.2. Published, 12/2014.
    http://ffc.twu.edu/issue_5-2/rev_Projansky_5-2.htm...
  • "Politicized Pragmatics." Women's Studies in Communication. 37: 249-253. Published, 10/2014.
  • Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture. New York: New York University Press, 2014. Published, 02/07/2014.
    http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookid...
  • Cole, C.L., and Sarah Projansky. "Between Street Culture and Global Sport: Double Dutch's Turning Points." Oppositional Conversations 1.1. http://cargocollective.com/OppositionalConversations_Ii/Between-Street-Culture-and-Global-Sport-Double-Dutch-s-Turning-Points-1. Published, 01/2013.
  • "Girls' Sexualities in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Universe: Feminist Challenges and Missed Opportunities." In Feminism at the Movies: Understanding Gender and Contemporary Popular Cinema. Ed. Hilary Radner and Rebecca Stringer. New York: Routledge. 93-109. Published, 12/2011.
  • "Rihanna's Closed Eyes." Velvet Light Trap 65: 71-73. Published, 12/2010.
  • Chapter Two, "The Postfeminist Context: Popular Redefinitions of Feminism, 1980 - Present," translated into Czech. "Postfeministicky kontext. Redefinice feminismu v populární kulture od roku 1980 do dneska." Iluminace: Casopis Pro Teorii, Historii a Estetiku Filmu (The Journal of Film Theory, History, and Aesthetics) 20.4 (2008): 85-111. Published, 01/2008.
  • "Gender, Race, Feminism, and the International Girl Hero: The Unremarkable U.S. Popular Press Reception of Bend It Like Beckham and Whale Rider." In Youth Culture in Global Cinema. Ed. Timothy Shary and Alexandra Seibel. Austin: University of Texas Press. 189-206. Published, 12/2007.
  • "Mass Magazine Cover Girls: Some Reflections on Postfeminist Girls and Postfeminism's Daughters." In Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture. Ed. Diane Negra and Yvonne Tasker. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 40-72. Published, 12/2007.
  • Valdivia, Angharad, and Sarah Projansky. "Feminism and/in the Media." In The Gender and Communication Handbook. Ed. Bonnie J. Dow and Julia Wood. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 273-296. Published, 12/2006.
  • "Teaching through Feelings and Personal Beliefs: 9/11 as Case Study." Cinema Journal 43.2: 105-109. Published, 12/2004.
  • Vande Berg, Leah, and Sarah Projansky. "Hoop Games: Narrativizing Identity in Televised Coverage of U.S. Professional Women's and Men's Basketball." In Case Studies in Sports Communication. Ed. Robert S. Brown and Daniel J. O'Rourke. Westport, CT: Greenwood. 27-49. Published, 12/2003.
  • Projansky, Sarah and Kent A. Ono. "Making Films Asian American: Shopping for Fangs and the Discursive Auteur." In Authorship and Film. Ed. David A. Gerstner and Janet Staiger. New York: Routledge. 263-280. Published, 12/2003.
  • Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture. New York: New York University Press. Published, 12/2001.
  • "The Elusive/Ubiquitous Representation of Rape: A Historical Survey of Rape in U.S. Film, 1903-1972." Cinema Journal 41.1: 63-90. Published, 12/2001.
  • Projansky, Sarah, and Leah Vande Berg. "Sabrina, the Teenage . . . ? Girls, Witches, Mortals, and the Limitations of Prime-Time Feminism." In Fantasy Girls: Navigating the New Universe of Science Fiction and Fantasy Television. Ed. Elyce Rae Helford. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 13-40. Published, 12/2000.
  • Projansky, Sarah and Kent A. Ono. "Strategic Whiteness as Cinematic Racial Politics." In Whiteness: The Communication of Social Identity. Ed. Thomas K. Nakayama and Judith Martin. Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 149-174. Published, 12/1999.
  • Review of Philip Green, Cracks in the Pedestal: Ideology and Gender in Hollywood. Women's Studies International Forum 22.3: 389-390. Published, 01/1999.
  • "Shifting Bodies, Changing Texts: Representing Teenage Womanhood on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." In Critical Approaches to Television. Ed. Leah R. Vande Berg, Lawrence A. Wenner, and Bruce E. Gronbeck. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 315-335. Published, 12/1998.
  • "Girls Who Act like Women Who Fly: Jessica Dubroff as Cultural Troublemaker." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 23.3: 771-807. Published, 12/1998.
  • Review of Lisa Cuklanz, Rape on Trial: How the Mass Media Construct Legal Reform and Social Change. Quarterly Journal of Speech 83.4: 476-477. Published, 01/1997.
  • "When the Body Speaks: Deanna Troi's Tenuous Authority and the Rationalization of Federation Superiority in Star Trek: The Next Generation Rape Narratives." In Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 33-50. Published, 12/1996.
  • Harrison, Taylor, Sarah Projansky, Kent A. Ono, and Elyce Rae Helford, eds. 1996. Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Published, 12/1996.