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Corella DiFede is currently completing her Ph.D. dissertation, Bio-logics of Bodily Transformation: Bioscience, Neoliberalism and Makeover TV, at the University of California, Irvine's Visual Studies Program. She joined that program after completing her M.A. in Cinema and Media Studies at UCLA, in order to work with UCI's Critical Theory Institute. Her dissertation is indicative of her on-going research on the body and its relationship to film, and spans philosophical, practical, and political registers in its scope. Her areas of research specific to film include the intersections of cinematic and non-cinematic forms and uses of film, the conjunction of film theory and history, new media, experimental and independent film, and transnational cinema. Related interests include popular culture, science and technology studies, feminist and queer theory, politics, International Cinema, and critical race theory.
Professor DiFede is currently working on an article on televisual gender transformations, "Refiguring Metamorphosis in RuPaul's Drag U and Game of Thrones," and has just finished another piece, "How the World is Being Remade: The Case of Antoine Dodson and the Limits of Sampling as Trans-Cultural and Cross-Class Expression" for an upcoming anthology on sampling and remix culture. She also works on the editorial staff of the Journal of Popular Music and Society, and for the International Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute.