Candace Moore

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Candace Moore

Assistant Professor

Office Location(s): 6439 North Quad
Office Hours: Fall 2014: Tues. & Thurs., 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Phone: 734.763.2147
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Queer and feminist media
    • Television
    • Production cultures
    • Fan Cultures
  • About

    Assistant Professor Candace Moore teaches courses on television history and theory as well as feminist and queer media studies in the Departments of Screen Arts & Cultures and Women’s Studies. Moore received her Ph.D. in Film and Television from UCLA following a ten-year career as a journalist, monthly film critic, and editor, previously receiving an MFA in Creative Writing (SFSU, 2000). Practice interviewing filmmakers, show-runners, and cast members on and off the set as a writer translated into her interests in ethnographic media research and production studies. Similarly, her work for the LGBTQ press inspired her fascination with queer representation.

    Moore’s newest book project, Alternative Production Cultures: Sexual Minority Media at the Margins, concentrates on considerations of how race, sexuality, and gender non-conformity complicate media production and distribution practices. This book documents the specific infrastructures and relationships minority media makers develop to collect resources, negotiate prejudice, and see their work through to the screen. Relying upon personal interviews, trade journal articles, ethnographic research, and archival materials, Alternative Production Cultures investigates the practitioners, communities, networks, festivals, and institutions that sustain the development of queer and trans media.

    Moore’s first, nearly-completed manuscript, Heteroflexibility: Regulating Sensibilities in Deregulatory TV, sets contemporary series like The L Word and Orange is the New Black within a history of the representation of transgressive female sexuality in television from the 1950s on, in order to trace how pay cable television and online platforms like Netflix attempt to profit from and incorporate queerness. Heteroflexibility positions television’s embraced strategy of queer inclusion as part of a longer, more complex genealogy, exploring liberal discursive sensibilities that build force during television’s period of enormous growth and fragmentation into a diverse array of networks.

    Moore practices boxing, Ashtanga yoga, and thrift-store shopping in her free time.

    Recent Courses Taught


    SAC 355 - Television History
    SAC 375 - Television Theory 
    SAC 461 - Feminist Film Theory


    SAC 631 - Queer Media Theory 

  • Education
    • PhD, Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA, 2010
    • MFA, Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 2000
    • BA, Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1996
  • Awards
    • University of Michigan Rackham Research Grant, 2011 UCLA Dissertation Fellowship Award, 2008 UCLA Center for the Study of Women Research Award, 2007 1st Place, Society of Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Essay Award, 2006
  • Presentations
    • "Checking Tolerance: Network Self-regulation and Gay Media Activism in the 1970s," Northwestern University, Chicago, 2012
    • "On Television," Keynote Speech, On Television Conference, Yale University, New Haven, 2012
    • "Blue and Lavender TV: Accessing Sex and Sexuality on Manhattan Cable's Channel J," Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Boston, 2012
    • "Guidosexuality," Keynote Speech, Jersey Shore Conference, University of Chicago, Chicago, 2011
  • Works-in-Progress
    • Queer Women in Television (monograph)
    • African American Lesbian Media Producers
    • Female BDSM Filmmakers
    • Straight Queers and Queer Straights on Reality Television
  • Selected Publications:
  • Articles
  • Book Chapters