Professor Caetlin Benson-Allott

Caetlin Benson-Allott, Associate Professor, American Studies and Film and Media Studies

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 on film and technology, exhibition history, spectatorship theory, and feminist theory has appeared in the Atlantic, Cinema Journal, 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 became a regular columnist and contributing editor. She is currently working on special issues of Feminist Media Histories (on “Materialisms”) and the Journal of Visual Culture (on “Horror as Affect and Aesthetic”) and a book-length study of special effects and spectatorship that compares the political impact of stunt work and digital visual effects on the automotive spectacles in 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.