Kirsten Thompson joins the English Department faculty to direct the Film Studies program, effective September 1, 2016. Thompson’s research and teaching focus on classical and contemporary American cinema and media (film noir, crime, blockbuster, and special effects); New Zealand and Pacific film and media; German cinema; and film theory, history, and animation.
Thompson received her PhD in Cinema Studies from NYU and directed film programs at Victoria University, New Zealand, and Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She is the founder of Victoria Visual Culture, an interdisciplinary group of scholars from English, History, Languages, Pacific Studies, Film and Media Studies.
While at Wayne State, Thompson received both the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Wayne State Board of Governors’ Faculty Recognition Award for Research. Her scholarship includes three books: Apocalyptic Dread: American Film at the Turn of the Millennium, Crime Films: Investigating the Scene, and Perspectives on German Cinema (with Terri Ginsberg).