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Joanne Clarke Dillman, Ph.D.

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Cultural Studies
George Mason University
Film, Screenwriting and Directing
Columbia University


Dr. Joanne Clarke Dillman teaches a variety of film classes, including Introduction to Film Studies, Feminist Perspectives in Film and Literature, Media Genres (Conspiracy Thrillers, Cinema, Time and Memory), Introduction to Screenwriting, and Film Theory & Aesthetics. She has taught in both the Core Program and The Global Honors Program, having recently served as Associate Director of Global Honors. She serves the Arts, Media, and Culture major in the Culture, Arts, and Communication Division. Dr. Clarke Dillman’s advanced degrees are an MFA in Film from Columbia University and PhD from George Mason University, with areas of specialization in Visual Culture and Feminist Media Studies. Dr. Clarke Dillman's PhD's work is on the intersection of issues of gender, class and power in American visual culture, with an emphasis on film. Her book, "Women and Death in Film, Television and News: Dead But Not Gone," was published in November, 2014. Some of her essays are published in Jour nal of Popular Film and Television and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her work is also collected in the volume, Feminist and Queer Theories: A Transnational Reader Oxford University Press (2021).

Current Research

My book called Women and Death in Film, Television and News: Dead But Not Gone will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in November of 2014.

My work is on the intersection of issues of gender, class and power with popular culture, particularly visual culture, with an emphasis on film.


  • TFILM 201, Intro to Film Studies
  • TFILM 272, Intro to Film Studies
  • TFILM 348, Film and Human Values
  • TFILM 350, Introduction to Screenwriting
  • TFILM 386, Silent Cinema
  • TFILM 481, Film, Theory & Aesthetics
  • TFILM 485, Media Genres: Conspiracy Thrillers
  • TFILM 486, Feminist Perspectives in Film and Literature
  • TFILM 487, Cinema, Time & Memory
  • TCORE 104, Introduction to Visual Culture (Humanities)


  • Member, Cultural Studies Assocation
  • Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Member, Northwest Screenwriting Guild

Academic Service

  • Panelist for Sundance Institute's "Film Forward" Program, September 2013, held at the Tacoma Public Library

Honors and Awards

2022, Nominee, Distinguished Teaching Award

2012, Nominee, Distinguished Teaching Award

2012 Outstanding Women of UW Tacoma award

Selected Publications

Damsels and Divas: European Stardom in Silent Hollywood by Agata Frymus, Rutgers UP, [REVIEW]/. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, forthcoming 2021.

“‘Dominated, Opened and Entered’: Theorizing the Dead Woman in Contemporary Media Representation,” in L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara Shaw (eds.), Feminist and Queer Theories: A Transnational Reader, Oxford UP, 2021, pp. 248-253.

Review of Hysterical! Women in American Comedy by Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturtevant (eds.), University of Texas Press, in Journal of Popular Culture, 52(2), 2019, pp. 465-467.

“Encountering Nigeria through Mediated Close Encounters: Amina Lawal, Isioma Daniel, and the Miss World Pageant of 2002,” in Divya McMillan, Joost de Bruin and Jo Smith (eds.), Place, Power, Media: Mediated Responses to Globalization, Peter Lang, 2018, pp. 149-167.

Women and Death in Film, Television, and News: Dead but Not Gone, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 207 pgs. 

Minority Report: Narrative, Images and Dead Women,” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 36(4), 2007, pp. 229-249. 

“Armored Bodies: The Hummer, The Schwarzenegger Persona and Consumer Appeal,” in Elaine Cardenas and Ellen Gorman (eds.), The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture, Lexington Books, 2007, pp. 65-80. 

“Twelve Characters in Search of a Televisual Text: Magnolia Masquerading as Soap Opera,” Journal of Popular Film and Television, 33(3), 2005, pp. 142-150.