Kirsten Thompson

Kirsten Thompson

Professor and Director of Film and Media

Ph.D., New York University

Areas of Expertise

Film and Media


Dr. Kirsten Moana Thompson is Professor and Director of Film and Media at Seattle University. She teaches and writes on American, German and Pacific Cinema and animation and color studies. She brings a strong interdisciplinary focus to her research and teaching.

Her recent work includes "Tattooed Light and Embodied Design: Animated Surfaces in Moana," Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures, as well as essays on Aggie Grey and Tourism, the material color history of Disney and Faber Birren, Ludwig Von Drake and the Disney promotional film, and the animated advertising spokes character Reddy Kilowatt.

She is the author of Animation and Advertising (co-ed. M. Cook, Palgrave, 2019); Apocalyptic Dread: American Cinema at the Turn of the Millennium (SUNY, 2007) and Crime Films: Investigating the Scene (Wallflower: 2007), and is currently working on three new books.