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Caetlin Benson-Allott
Mercator Fellow


Caetlin Benson-Allott is Professor of English and Film & Media Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The Stuff of Spectatorship: Material Cultures of Film and Television (University of California Press, 2021), Remote Control (Bloomsbury, 2015), and Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (University of California Press, 2013). Her research has appeared in multiple academic journals, anthologies and popular publications; she also writes a regular column for Film Quarterly on contemporary media platforms and politics. Her current book project historicizes the concept of escapism to reframe it as a spectatorial mode with regenerative political potential.