Film & Media Studies Graduate Student

Rachel Fabian


Rachel Fabian is a PhD candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her BA in English/Film and Television Studies from the University of Vermont and her MA from UCSB’s Department of Film and Media Studies. She is the recipient of the 2016 SCMS Women’s Caucus Graduate Student Writing Prize, which she was awarded for her essay “Reconsidering the Work of Claire Johnston” (forthcoming in Feminist Media Histories). She is former Managing Editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies and also served as the issue editor for the Media Fields Journal special issue titled “Access/Trespass.” Her dissertation, “Collectivity and Its Discontents: Transnational Figurations of 1970–80s Collective Media-Making and Activist Affects,” examines the interrelations among independent and activist film and video collectives that proliferated in the US, UK, India, Latin America, and elsewhere during the 1970s–80s from a transnational feminist perspective. Her research interests include: feminist film and media studies, production culture studies, film and media history, affect studies, and transnational feminist thought.