My background ranges from research into film and literature to professional work, particularly in film editing. After coming to Essex, I was the first director of film studies and established the Centre for Film and Screen Media. In both teaching and research, I am interested in stressing intersections between film practice, criticism, and theory. My published work has engaged with areas such as cinema history, film and literature, and cultural history, with a focus on documentary, ethnography, human geography and constructs of race and gender in US film and literature, and global and transnational cultures and identities. More recently I've been doing research into Nigerian video films and further work in Pacific studies.
Books include American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation (2011); Facing the Pacific: Polynesia and the U.S. Imperial Imagination (2007); Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (2005, with R. L. Rutsky, second expanded edition 2013); and Cinematicity in Media History (2013, with Karin Littau). The latter expands on a special issue of Comparative Critical Studies, Cinematicity (2009), based on an international conference hosted at Essex. Articles have appeared in journals such as PMLA, Third Text, African American Review, ZAA, Cinema Journal, New Formations, Film International, and The Times Literary Supplement, with chapters appearing in numerous books and encyclopaedias. Recent work includes a chapter on New Nigerian cinema in The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (Remapping World Cinemas), and one on Kodachrome and Pacific tourism in Discourses of Imperialism in the Pacific (Routledge).
I supervise Ph.D. research in various areas of film and visual media, including film / media practice in critical and theoretical contexts, documentary and ethnographic film/media, US cinema, mixed media, films of and about Asia/Pacific regions.
University of Essex
Director of the Centre for Film and Screen Media, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 2013 - present
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 2010 - 2013
External Examiner, English (Film and Screen Media) University of Surrey ( 2016 - present
External Examiner, Film and Screen Media (MA) Birkbeck, University of London ( 2011 - 2016