Sabina Sitoianu is a practice-as-research PhD candidate at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her research on the nature of the relationship between film and emotion centres on the impact that film-elicited emotions have on the evaluative aspect of audience responses. Most notably, on spectator responses to 'morally questionable' fictional characters. Her projects explore the ways in which film form can intensify the affective experience and audience engagement with characters, as well as with fiction and non-fiction texts.
She had completed both her BA and MA at the University of Kent, working on theses which focused on sympathetic engagement with the villainous in A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1972), and respectively, on the effect on affective engagement of fictional inflections in non-fiction cinema, focusing on Clio Barnard's The Arbor (2010). Following that, before starting her PhD, she undertook a PGCE in post-compulsory education where she taught BTEC media classes at Midkent College.