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 taught at Cornell, Hamilton College, and the State University of New York before coming to the UK in 1995. 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).