Melissa Oliver-Powell

Melissa Oliver-Powell (she/her) is a lecturer in Film and Literature in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, whose research focuses on issues of mothering, politics, and social justice in film. Melissa holds a PhD in Film Studies from UCL, and has published in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections on topics including representation of abortion, mothering subjectivities, mothering, migration and racism, and reproductive justice, austerity, and the welfare state in British, French, Senegalese and American film. Her debut monograph, Pepsi and the Pill: Motherhood, Politics and Film in Britain and France, 1958-1969 was published with Berghahn Books in 2022.


Oliver-Powell considers practices of care in the personal, artistic, and working relationships between filmmakers and their subjects.


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