Kirsten Moana Thompson, PhD

PhD, Cinema Studies

Director, Film Studies
Professor, Film Studies

Phone: 206-296-2564

Building/Room: Casey 430-02



Kirsten Moana Thompson is Professor of Film Studies and Director of the Film Program at Seattle University. She teaches and writes on animation and color studies, as well as American, German, and Pacific studies. Recent work includes the material color history of Disney and Faber Birren, animated advertising in Times Square, Ludwig Von Drake and the Disney promotional film, Egyptian sponsored animation and the intersectional aesthetic surfaces of Moana.

She is the author of Apocalyptic Dread: American Cinema at the Turn of the Millennium (SUNY Press, 2007); Crime Films: Investigating the Scene (Wallflower: 2007), and co-editor of Perspectives on German Cinema (GK Hall: NY, 1996) with Terri Ginsberg, and coeditor of Animation and Advertising (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2019) with Malcolm Cook. She is currently working on or completing Color, Visual Culture and American Cel Animation,  Bubbles and Animated America: Intermedial Promotion.

Areas of professional expertise: animation, color aesthetics, classical and contemporary American cinema, media archaeology, American studies, Pacific studies, German cinema, New Zealand, visual culture.