Anna Sarkissian

anna sarkissian


DPhil Student

Wolfson College

Thesis title: Navigating Hollywood as a woman filmmaker: An ethnography of gender- and race-based inequality (working title)

Research: I’m studying the experiences of emerging and mid-career filmmakers in the Hollywood industry, with emphasis on women and women of colour. While there is ample quantitative data which illustrates that Hollywood filmmaking is dominated by white men, there have been no long-term qualitative studies of women behind the camera. This research will shed light on the challenges women filmmakers face as they attempt to “break in” to an exclusive industry, pursue careers despite precarious working conditions, and balance their personal and professional responsibilities.