Aviva Dove-Viebahn is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University, as well as a public scholar, a Contributing Editor to Ms. magazine for their Scholars Writing Program, and a screenwriter (with co-author Brittany K. Fonte). Formerly, she was Web Content Manager for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and an ex-officio member of their Board of Directors. She has a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester and an MA in Art History from the University of Virginia. Her ASU faculty bio can be found here and her Women’s Media Center SheSource profile is available here.
As an academic researcher and teacher, Dr. Dove-Viebahn’s specializations include representations of gender, race, and sexuality in popular culture, film and television. Her peer-reviewed articles and chapters include discussions of white feminism in Captain Marvel, lesbian romance on cult television, the queer femme performances of Julianne Moore, Mad Men and nostalgia, and ecstatic revenge in the film Serenity (you can find a complete list here). She is working on a book manuscript exploring the representation of gendered forms of power and knowledge in serial media (television and film franchises).
As a public scholar, Dr. Dove-Viebahn writes freelance articles in the popular press taking an intersectional feminist approach to media and culture. She most frequently writes for Ms. magazine, in print and online, and organizes their Scholars Writing Program, which helps train feminist scholars to write for the popular press. She has also written for The Root, The New Republic, Xtra magazine, and Southwest Contemporary. She is currently co-editing a collection of essays with Dr. Carrie Baker that merges her academic and public writing: Public Feminisms: From Academy to Community (forthcoming from Lever Press).
As screenwriters, Aviva Dove-Viebahn and Brittany K. Fonte have written several features and a television pilot. Their original lesbian romantic comedy #VoteLove is in development with Women of Color Unite. They also wrote the screenplay for the crime thriller Love Hurts, a Sean Sprawling production that will be released in February 2022. As a writing team, Aviva and Brittany are working on several other projects in development and are available to discuss both screenwriting and development consulting.