Fields of Research (FoR)Cinema studies, Screen and media culture, Screen media
I began teaching Film Studies at UNSW in 1997 when I joined what was then the School of Theatre and Film. Prior to taking up this position I had been a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne (1994-1997) and a Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Technology (1991-1994). In 1996 I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis, where I taught courses in both the gender studies and critical theory programs. I have...view more
I began teaching Film Studies at UNSW in 1997 when I joined what was then the School of Theatre and Film. Prior to taking up this position I had been a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne (1994-1997) and a Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Technology (1991-1994). In 1996 I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Davis, where I taught courses in both the gender studies and critical theory programs. I have always been interested in finding new ways of teaching and understanding our evolving screen culture and its diverse forms and histories. When I took up a position at UNSW in 1997 it was because it had one of the largest and longest running Film Studies programs in the country and so offered an ideal "home" for someone passionate about Film Studies. Over the last two decades Film Studies at UNSW has expanded and evolved in exciting ways.
Alongside my research and teaching I have also been involved in curating film programs, worked in community media organisations, served on advisory committees and panels for various organisations including the National Library of Australia's Film and Video Collection and the Sydney International Film Festival, and was one of the co-founders of the Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand and served as Vice President of SSAAANZ for 3 years. I have convened and co-convened a number of film and screen conferences and symposia including Cinefeminisms and the Academy (co-convened with Dr Jessica Ford, University of Newcastle), Time, Memory and the Moving Image (co-convened with Prof Paula Hamilton, University of Technology), and Cinema and the Senses (co-convened with George Kouvaros and Laleen Jayamanne).
Jodi Brooks (2019) Olive Kitteridge (Lisa Cholodenko, 2014), quality television and difficult women: female discontent in the age of binge-viewing, Feminist Media Studies, 19:7, 944-961
B Media & Communication (UTS), MA Research (UTS), PhD (UNSW)
Jodi's research and teaching have been recognised through the following awards:
- FASS Dean's Learning & Teaching Award (2014) for Outstanding Track Record in Higher Degree Research Supervision.
- ARC Postgraduate Council Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision Award (2014)
- Screen (Oxford University Press) Award for Excellence in Screen Studies (UK, 2002) for the essay "Ghosting the Machine: the sounds of tap and the sounds of film" Screen 44.4. http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/screen/award.html
- Humanities Research Program Dissertation Award, 1998, University of New South Wales for thesis: Benjamin for Girls: Cinema, Spectatorship, Fascination”
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
- Feminist screen studies and screen culture
- Film theory
- Australian cinema
- Screen performance
Current PhD supervisions (primary supervisor)
Caroline Grose, "Scripting and performing innocence: Child/adult relationships on Australian & New Zealand screens."
Luke Robinson, "The Disappearing Faces of Hollywood Crime Films."
Pearl Tan, "Developing intersectional characters for Australian screen audiences."
Current PhD supervisions (joint supervision
Kyla Allison (joint supervision with Dr Michael Richardson),"An affective examination of the impasses around the #MeToo movement."
Cathy Perkins (joint supervision with Dr Kerri Davies), "Three scarlet women: the lives of Betty Roland, Catherine Duncan and Oriel Gray."
Recent PhD and MA thesis completions (primary supervisor)
Dr Phoebe Macrossan, "The Utopian Modalities of Contemporary American Screensong" (PhD 2018).
Dr Jessica Ford, "American Feminist Sensibility Television in the Post-Network Era" (PhD 2017).
Dr Rodney Wallis, "The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Hollywood Cinema: the Middle East, the Cold War, and the construction of United States political identity" (PhD, 2016)
Dr Annette Barnes, "The Soundtracks of Australian Transcultural Cinema: re-sounding the past" (PhD, 2014)
Dr Megan Carrigy, "Performing History, troubling reference: tracking the screen re-enactment" (PhD, 2011). Awarded the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PhD prize.
Dr Caroline Wake, "Performing Witness: Testimonial Theatre in the Age of Asylum, Australia 2000-2005" (PhD, 2010), *joint supervised with Dr Meg Mumford.
Dr Effie Rassos, “Questions of temporal presence and absence in contemporary film and video” (PhD, 2006)
Dr Teresa Rizzo, “From the cinematic apparatus to cinematic assemblages: a feminist intervention” (PhD, 2005).
Dr Erin Brannigan, “A cinema of movement: Dance and the moving image” (PhD, 2004).
Dr Tara Forrest, “The politics of imagination in Benjamin, Kracauer, and Kluge” (PhD, 2005). Awarded the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PhD prize.
Dr Deborah Staines, “Representations of Auschwitz” (PhD, 2002).
Tara Forrest, “Habitual Perception and Film” (MA, 2000).
PhD completions as co-supervisor include:
Dr Emily Chandler, “The girl-typing discourse in North American children’s television animation, 1990-2010.” Primary supervisor, A/Prof Jane Mills, co-supervisor Dr Jodi Brooks. (PhD 2017).
Dr Richard Smith, “The Traffic in Images: Deleuze and the Action film.” Primary supervisor, Dr Lisa Trahair, co-supervisor Dr Jodi Brooks. (PhD, 2003)
Member of the Film Advisory Panel, Sydney International Film Festival from 2016- 2022
Vice-President (Australia), Screen Studies Association of Australian and New Zealand (SSAAANZ) 2015-2018
I teach the following courses in the Film Studies major:
- ARTS2061 CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO CINEMA
- ARTS1062 HOLLYWOOD FILM: INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY. AESTHETICS
- ARTS3065 SCREEN EMOTIONS
- ARTS2062 AUSTRALIAN CINEMA