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Elizabeth Gleesing

Elizabeth Gleesing

Elizabeth Gleesing

Graduate Student


437 Hall of Languages

  • Degree: Began PhD program in 2015
  • Concentration: Film and Screen Studies (Documentary)
  • Advisor: Roger Hallas

Elizabeth is a PhD candidate in the film and screen studies track of the English program. Her research interests are in reflexive documentary and new media practices, surveillance studies, and critical visuality studies. She is currently working on a dissertation project pursuing a line of inquiry into digital documentary works that hail users through the second-person and, thus, demand a level of engagement with the work that blends a user’s offline identity and their online role within the work. Her dissertation is tackling digital documentary works that position users as outsiders (to the worlds of refugees and prison inmates) and insiders (to the world of state and corporate surveillance as both agents and subjects). In addition to her research, Elizabeth also teaches introductory courses in film, popular culture, nonfiction, gender, and ethnicity and literary texts. Her courses involve helping acclimate students to the kind of critical thinking and analytical writing in English with attention to how texts make meaning across a variety of written and visual genres and media.

  • M.A. English Studies, Western Washington University
  • B.A. English, University of Washington