I am the director of the combined undergraduate degrees in Global Cinema and Literature & Cinema. I did my PhD at Cornell University, and my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I have written and edited books in the fields of European cinema, transnational cinema, early French cinema, and French cultural studies; my latest book is The Cinema of Things: Globalization and the Posthuman Object (Bloomsbury 2017). I have published articles and dossiers in journals such as Screen, Yale French Studies, and Diacritics. I am on the advisory boards of the journals Studies in French Cinema, French Cultural Studies, and Studies in European Cinema, and I am on the editorial board of the Film Studies book series at the University of Edinburgh Press. I have also published on early Hollywood cinema. I have recently begun working in the field of children's literature and cinema, and am currently writing a book on witches and alterity in children's fiction (literature and film), which builds upon some of my previous work on exoticism and the posthuman, but takes it in a new direction. I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students in any of the above fields, including practice-based research (I am also an award-winning children's author).
After writing my first book on early twentieth-century French colonial culture (The Colonial Unconscious), I moved into film studies, writing books on the work of film pioneer Georges Méliès and contemporary French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet, as well as editing books on European cinema, French cinema, and transnational cinema. My most recent book, The Cinema of Things: Globalization and the Posthuman Object, traces the progressive redrawing of the boundaries between human beings and things in cinematic representations of commodity culture, objectification, and technological supplementation. I am now working in the field of children's literature and cinema: I am developing a research network on children's gothic fiction (literature anad film), and am writing a book on witches and alterity in children's fiction.