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