SCMS Television Scholarly Interest Group Graduate Student Essay Contest

We are delighted to announce Olivia Stowell (University of Michigan) has been awarded the winner of the 2022 TV SIG Grad Essay Contest! 

“‘It’s Top Chef, Not a Personality Contest’: Grammars of Stereotype, Neoliberal Logics of Personhood, and the Performance of the Racialized Self in Top Chef: New York,” Olivia Stowell, University of Michigan

Congratulations as well to the 2022 cycle’s finalists! 

“Making a ‘Hate-Watch’: Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking and the Stickiness of ‘Cringe Binge TV’,” Suryansu Guha, University of California, Los Angeles

“These Are the Showrunners’ Stories: An Analysis of Law & Order: SVU‘s Cultural Authors,” Lauren Sowa, University of Southern California


Authors must be registered members of the Television SIG and graduate students for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.

Entering its fourth annual year, this contest highlights the voices of emerging scholars who study TV. The top three essays selected annually receive extensive feedback and suggestions for revision. The winning essay is published in New Review of Film & Television Studies, appearing in the final issue of the award year. Submissions will go through a double-blind peer review.