FIMS Profile

Billie Anderson

  • About Me

  • Teaching

  • Research

  • Publications

  • Professional Affiliations

Billie is a PhD Candidate in Media Studies in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Her research interests lie primarily in the interconnection between narratives of disability and Hollywood cinema, focusing specifically on the prevalence of disabled aesthetics, tropes, and individual characteristics in body horror films, and the films of David Cronenberg.

With academic grounding in semiotics, film and critical theory, and disability studies, her other interests include the aesthetics of horror, monster studies, the intersection of gender and disability, and mimetics.

Billie grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and is now living in Toronto. She holds a BA from Western University and King’s University College (Disability Studies and Psychology), and an MA from York University (Critical Disability Studies).

Contract Lecturer

King’s University College | Disability Studies | Ongoing

  • DS 2214: Institutionalization Over Time
  • DS 2216: Disability and Popular Culture

Teaching Assistant

Western University | Communications and Media Studies | 2020 - Present

  • MIT 1020: Introduction to Media, Information and Technoculture
  • MIT 2000: The History of Communication
  • MIT 2100: Political Economy of Media
  • MIT 2200: Mapping Media and Cultural Theory

Teaching Assistant

King’s University College | Disability Studies | 2020 - Present

  • DS 1010: Exploring Disability
  • DS 3312: Diverse Disability Studies Perspectives
  • DS 3316: Memes and Dreams

Teaching Assistant

Toronto Metropolitan University | Sociology | 2022

  • SOC 482: Advanced Approaches to Media Analysis

Teaching Assistant Training Program Instructor

Western University | Centre for Teaching and Learning | 2022 - 2023


Research Coordinator

Lawson Health Sciences Centre | 2021 - Present

  • PI: Jacqueline Ogilvie
  • Project: Fit and Function School Study

Research Assistant

King’s University College | 2020 - 2021

  • PI: Pamela Cushing
  • Project: Disability Studies Global Survey


Cripping Pedagogies: Meeting Access Needs and Building Community in the Classroom and Beyond 

 University of Alberta | 2023

Disability and Screen Media: The Materiality of Media

 Toronto Metropolitan University | 2022

Disability Studies and Universal Design for Learning

Huron University College | 2022


Anderson, Billie. “The Monstrous Disability and the Disabled Monster: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s Seven Monster Theses and Disability Creationism.” The Spectator, California, 2023.

Anderson, Billie. “Despite its Oscar win, CODA still depicts deafness as a burden.” The Conversation, 2022.

Anderson, Billie. “Die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a traditional American family sitcom: Exhausting parody and 33 years of The Simpsons.” In press, The Canadian Review of American Studies, 2022.


Cronenberg and the Abnormal Body

2022. Paper Presentation
FIMS Mediations, Western University

MovieJawn Staff Writer

2022 - Present ory/billie+anderson

FilmCred Staff Writer

2022 - Present anderson/

Little People of Ontario                                                                                              

Events and Fundraising Coordinator


Canadian Disability Studies Association

Communications Officer