Sarah O'Brien

Sarah O'Brien

Assistant Professor, General Faculty, Writing Program

Bryan Hall 102-B

Office Hours: T/Th from 2-3 pm or by appointment.
Class Schedule: T/Th 12:30-1:45, 3:30-4:45; M/W 3:30-4:45
Specialties:

Academic Writing, Film and Television Studies, Animal Studies

Degrees
Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2012
M.A. University of Toronto, 2007
B.A. University of Florida, 2005
 
Selected Publications:
“Sticky Matter: The Persistence of Animals as Allegory in Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga and La mujer sin cabeza,” Screen 58.4 (December 2017): 458–476.
“Being Struck: On the Force of Slaughter and Cinematic Affect,” co-authored with Nicole Shukin, Animal Life and the Moving Image. Eds. Michael Lawrence and Laura McMahon. (London: BFI/Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), 187–202.
“Why Look at Dead Animals?” Framework: the Journal of Cinema and Media 57.1 (Spring 2016): 32–57.
“Nous revenons à nos moutons: Regarding Animals in Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep,” Cinema Journal 54.3 (Summer 2015): 21–42.
 
Selected Awards/Fellowships:
Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship, School of Literature, Media, and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014–2017.
Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellowship, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 2010–2011.
 
Selected Recent Presentations:
“Handmade, Hands-On, and Low-Tech Practices in Media Pedagogy,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Toronto, March, 2018.
“Teaching Atlanta,” with Ruth C. Yow, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (Detroit, Wayne State University), June 2017.
“Inhabiting Scarcity and Sprawl: Narrative Complexity and Spectacular Mise-en-scène in the Contemporary Detective Mini-series/Anthology Series,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Chicago), March 2017.
 
Grants:
Learning Technology Incubator Grant, AY 2018-2019