Monica Roxanne Sandler

Monica Roxanne Sandler

Ph.D student

Sandler's research focuses on issues of creative labor and cultures of prestige in American film history. Her dissertation examines the socioeconomic history of the Academy Awards and the development of the so-called movie "awards season." It seeks to consider the role that prize-giving practices play in building the class, gender and racial hierarchies of the American film industry. Outside of writing on film, she also pursues research in comics studies. Her edited collection Conversations: Walter and Louise Simonson through University Press of Mississippi on the legendary comics couple is forthcoming.

Research Interests

Awards, creative labor, American film history, comics studies, media industries


MA: Cinema and Media Studies, New York University
BA: Cinema and Media Studies, New York University


“PR and Politics at Hollywood’s Biggest Night: The Academy Awards and Unionization (1929-1939),” Media Industries Journal, Vol. 2, No.2, Fall 2015.

“Oscars Wild: The Impact of Studio Politics on the Academy Awards Post-WWII (1946-1950)," Spectator, Vol. 38, No.2, Fall 2018, 40-49.

“Bending the Canon: Marvel Comics, Gender, and Doctor Strange (2016)” with Michael Reinhard in Feminism and Comics and Graphic Novels (London, UK: Routledge, 2021).

“Network Streaming: Televisions Broadcasters in the Digital Space,” The Franchise Era: Managing Media in the Digital Economy (Edinburgh UK, Edinburgh University Press, 2019) 209-232.