Sarah Mae Fleming


Teaching Assistant



2156 Vilas Hall

Sarah Mae Fleming

Sarah Mae Fleming is a Film Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication Arts. She focuses on sound and music in film studies with an emphasis on cognitivism. Her work has investigated the ways in which sound and music work to develop narrative comprehension and character alignment. Sarah Mae is also working on a project about the history of punk rock filmmaking and archiving.

Conference Presentations: 

  • 2023 – SCSMI, “Sonic Subjectivities: Examining the Role of Music in Accessing ‘Difficult’ Characters”
  • 2023 – MaMI, “Looping into the Mind: Audiovisual Aesthetics and Narrative Comprehension in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 2019 – SCMS-U, “You see, my wife’s dad is real well off: Money Obscured in the Coen Brothers”
  • 2018 – SCMS-U, “There Will Be Oil: The Celebration and Inevitability of Petroleum through Upton Sinclair and Paul Thomas Anderson”


  • Student Research Grant, 2023
  • Robert J. Wickhem Award in Media Production, 2023
  • Sharon Sites Award, 2022


  • M.A. with Distinction – Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2023
  • B.A. – English/Film Studies, Rhode Island College, 2019


  • CA 100 – Introduction to Speech Composition
  • CA 350 – Introduction to Film
  • CA 355 – Introduction to Media Production


  • Editorial Board Member for Velvet Light Trap 2022 – present
  • GSO Representative, 2022-2023 academic year