I joined the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, where I lecture in Film Studies, in the autumn of 2010. My background in Modern Languages/Area Studies, along with nine years prior experience in the Department of History at Essex, have contributed to a teaching and research profile that emphasises the importance of a historically grounded, critical approach to Film Studies, broadly based on an interdisciplinary exploration of the productive intersections between Film Studies and History more generally, and focused in particular on the many different kinds of relationships that can and have been established between cinema and social change in a variety of contexts.
I am the author of New Soviet Man: Gender and Masculinity in Stalinist Soviet Cinema (Manchester UP, 2003), co-editor (with Sanja Bahun) of Cinema, State Socialism and Society in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1917-1989: Re-Visions (Routledge, 2014), and my articles on Stalinist and post-Stalinist Soviet cinema and gender have appeared in The Modern Language Review, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, and Women in the Khrushchev Era (eds Ilič, Attwood, and Reid, Palgrave, 2004); I have also published on contemporary non-Hollywood US filmmaking, including the work of Quentin Tarantino in The Holocaust in History and Memory and the second edition of Film Analysis: The Norton Reader, and the social justice documentaries of Robert Greenwald, in Cineaste and 49th Parallel.
I am currently gaining invaluable experience, from a practitioner perspective, of the relationships between Film and History, by producing and directing a historical documentary film and a series of AV podcasts based on oral history/life story interviews with participants of the May 1968 events on campus at the University of Essex. A 50-minute pilot version of the documentary has been released and is available for screenings, and an online, open-access digital archive accompanying the documentary project (featuring hundreds of official and unofficial archival documents relating to the campus events of the time) is now launched at mustardthemovie.org