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Performing and Media Arts

Theatre, Film and Dance Cornell University Cornell University Theatre, Film and Dance, Cornell University


Research and Scholarship Focus

  • History and theory of film
  • Television and popular culture
  • Feminist and queer theory

Selected Publications

  • Queen Christina, co-authored with Marcia Landy (London: BFI Publishing, 1995)
  • Keyframes: Popular Film and Cultural Studies, co-edited with Matthew Tinkcom (London: Routledge, 2001)
  • Lesbian Rule: Cultural Criticism and the Value of Desire (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003)
  • Film Studies: The Basics (London: Routledge, 2007) and Film Studies:  The Basics, 2nd Revised Edition (London:  Routledge, 2013)
  • Queer Studies and the Crises of Capitalism, GLQ 18, 1 (2012), co-edited with Jordana Rosenberg
  • Ethereal Queer (Durham:  Duke University Press, 2014)
  • Film Studies: A Global Introduction (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2015)
  • Her articles on documentary film, activist media, television and queer culture have appeared in numerous journals such as New German Critique and Social Text, and she has also contributed to a variety of edited volumes and book projects.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Won the 2005 Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies for Lesbian Rule: Cultural Criticism and the Value of Desire.


  • Liveness: Media, Performance and Theory
  • Global Cinema I
  • Global Cinema II