Rutgers GSE CMSI

Stephanie Janania

Stephanie Marie Janania is currently pursuing an M.A. at Florida International University (FIU). Stephanie graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from FIU. During her time as an undergraduate student, Stephanie took courses in film, professional technical writing, gender studies, and secondary education. She was also very active on campus and was both Marketing Director and President of FIU’s English Honor Society. Upon graduating, Stephanie has continued to contribute to the FIU community and will be assisting current undergraduate students establish the first student-led film festival at FIU. Her research analyzes the connection between 20th and 21st century films/literature and the idea of non-normativity. She is interested in delving into how films frame diversity in relation to gender dynamics, queer character representation, and the male gaze. Her research ponders the preconceptions of the individual that controls the lens, what the lens captures, and what the audience decides to consume.