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Jessica is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge researching film narratology and aesthetics.

Jessica read English (BA) at the University of Kent and Film Aesthetics (MSt) at the University of Oxford. In 2023, she joined Cambridge as a doctoral student of Film and Screen Studies, generously funded by a Cambridge Trust Vice-Chancellor's Award and Newnham College Scholarship.

Jessica’s thesis evaluates narrative and aesthetic strategies as seen in 'loose' films of varied styles, genres, and scholarly prominence. With theoretical support from literary studies and philosophy, her thesis seeks to freshly illuminate the narrative film by closely tracing narrative tension, belatedness, detours, delays, digressions, openness, and the resulting production of dramatic resonance.

In other research, Jessica has written about play and fabulation in Jacques Rivette’s Céline et Julie vont en bateau; the emotional contours of style in Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring; and cinemas of ephemerality, specifically in David Lean’s Brief Encounter, Agnès Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7, and Chantal Akerman’s Saute ma ville.

Outside academia, Jessica is the founding editor-in-chief of Wasteland Arts and manages Wasteland's website and newsletter; she co-convenes Close-Up student reading group; she has attended film festivals as a press delegate and worked as a pre-selection juror; and she has contributed essays on literature and film for various online magazines, including MUBI Notebook. Between degrees, she has also worked as a private literature tutor and in academic administration at the University of Oxford.


Vice-Chancellor’s and Newnham College Scholarship

(2023-2026, University of Cambridge, full funding for 3 years of doctoral research)

Worcester College Distinction Prize

(2022, University of Oxford, for achieving an MSt grade Distinction; highest average mark in MSt Film Aesthetics cohort)

Humanities Rotary Prize

(2020, University of Kent, for the top-ranked undergraduate student reading BA English and American Literature)

select experience

editor-in-chief of Wasteland Arts

September 2018 - Present

newsletter editor of Wasteland Arts

March 2020 - Present

freelance writer (MUBI NotebookObscur, The Isis, etc)

August 2020 - Present

press delegate for BFI's 64th, 65th, 66th London Film Festival, BFI Flare, and Long Distance Film Festival

October 2020 - October 2022

staff critic at Cineccentric

August 2020 - January 2022

pre-selector for Cornwall Film Festival

May 2021 - August 2021

staff writer at Unpublished Magazine

August 2020 - June 2021

selected writing

Stella Dallas Wasteland ArtsMarch 2022


Duel Wasteland ArtsDecember 2021

Let's Scare Jessica to Death - Wasteland Arts, October 2021

Zola Cherwell, September 2021

The Age of Innocence Wasteland Arts, September 2021

The Woman with Two Heads - Wasteland ArtsSeptember 2021

The allure of imitation - originally published by Obscur Magazine, June 2021, now Wasteland Arts

1968 Wasteland Arts, May 2021

Synthetically Eroded: the Femme Fatale in Double Indemnity and Chinatown - Wasteland Arts, January 2021

Visualizing Liberation in "But I'm a Cheerleader" - MUBI Notebook, December 2020

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