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S. (Sandra) Becker

PhD student
S. (Sandra) Becker


Sept. 1, 2015 - present                                                                                                    PhD Candidate in American Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands Working Title: Fathers of the Nation: White Masculinities and Fatherhood in        Contemporary U.S.-American Television Series (2001-2015)

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Laura C. Bieger (University of Groningen), Dr. Dan Hassler-Forest (Utrecht University), and Dr. Tim Jelfs (University of Groningen)

April 2011 - July 2013                                                                                                        M.A. in InterAmerican Studies, Bielefeld University, Germany                            Thesis Title: Images Crossing Boundaries: Cross-Cultural Readings of Latino Portrayals in U.S. TV Crime Series by Mexican Upper-Middle Class Students in Monterrey

Oct. 2007 - March 2011                                                                                                  Dual Subject B.A. in German as a Foreign Language and History, Bielefeld University, Germany


PROMOS-Scholarship for research stay at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, from August till December 2012 granted by the International Office at Bielefeld University in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Conference Organization

Gender Studies Student Symposium (co-organized with Iris Busschers and dr. Margriet Fokken) funded by The Groningen University Fund (GUF), University of Groningen, Netherlands, June 14, 2018

Conference Papers & Presentations


A commentary on Sunny Bergman's documentary 'Man Made,' Invited Talk for Studium Generale Groningen (Cultureel Studentencentrum USVA, Groningen, April 23, 2019) 

“And [then there was] the rape…” ('Rescue Me,' “Pussified,” S04E04): Analyzing the Portrayal of Rape in Quality TV Series of the Early 2000s, SCMS Annual Conference 2019 (Sheraton Grand Seattle, Seattle, USA, March 15, 2019)


“Daddy did that for you” (‘Breaking Bad’, “Phoenix”, S02E12): Re-Negotiating Patriarchal Authority in AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ and Showtime’s ‘Dexter’, CELEC International Colloquium "Portrait de Famille: Modèles et Représentations de la Famille Contemporaine Nord-Américaine" (Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne, France, September 27, 2018)

Ruin Porn & Ragged Dicks: Post-Industrial White Masculinity in HBO’s ‘Hung’, EBAAS Conference 2018 (King’s College London, United Kingdom, April 6, 2018)

Badass Women, Black Heroes, and LGBTQ Lead Characters!? - Analyzing Diversity in 21st-Century TV and Film, “Doing Feminism: A Lecture Day About Womanhood and Intersectional Feminism” organized by Women’s March Groningen, the Centre for Gender Studies, Groningen Feminist Network, and ESN Groningen (University of Groningen, Netherlands, March 8, 2018)


Fathers of the Nation: Straight White Fatherhood and Quality TV (2001-2015), Center for the Americas Research Seminar (University of Groningen, Netherlands, November 15, 2017)

"Time is of the Essence, Doctor": Epidemic Anxiety, Apocalyptic Fiction, and White Fatherhood in the U.S.-American Quality TV Series 'The Strain', ACLA Annual Conference (Utrecht University, Netherlands, July 8, 2017)

Fathers of the Nation: White Masculinities and Fatherhood in Contemporary U.S.-American TV Series, NICA Promovendi-Seminar "PhD Work in Progress" (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 9, 2017)


The New World's Gonna Need TV?! - Walking-Dead Television and Revived Masculinity in Contemporary TV Series, 14th NECS Graduate Workshop "Return of the Living Dead Media: Media Cultures of Persistence, Resistance, and Residue" (Film University Konrad Wolf, Germany, July 27, 2016)

Female Anti-Heroes? - In Search of the "Not So Perfect" Female Protagonists in Recent U.S.-American Drama TV Series, Postgraduate Symposium "Girls on Film: Visualising Femininities in Popular Culture" (Northumbria University, United Kingdom, May 23, 2016)

"The Pain from an Old Wound": 'Mad Men', 'Masters of Sex', and the Dual Appeal of Nostalgia and Struggle, OSL Symposium "Reading the Present Through the Past: Forms and Trajectories of Neo-Historical Fiction" (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 4, 2016)


Gender Constructions in Time of Crises: Prospects from Recent U.S.-American TV Series, Colloquium of InterAmerican Studies (Bielefeld University, Germany, April 28, 2015)


Fathers of the Nation: White Masculinities and Fatherhood in Contemporary U.S.-American TV Series (2001-2013), PhD Project Proposal Presentation in the American Culture Seminar (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, June 25, 2014)


Becker, S., & Pepiak, E., "Conference Report on 'Online Vitriol: Advocacy, Violence, and the Transforming Power of Social Media'." Kult_online 51 (2017). Web.

Becker, S., Franke, P., & Reschke, F., "The Boiled-Down Juice of Human Living: The Anthropological Field Work of Zora Neale Hurston [documentary]." FIAR: Forum for Inter-American Research 7.2 (2014). Web.

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