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Alexandra Keller

Professor of Film Studies, Director of Film Studies Program


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Alexandra Keller is professor of film studies and director of the Film Studies Program. She received her B.A. in art history from Harvard and her Ph.D. in cinema studies from NYU. She specializes in the American Western, cinema and the postmodern, avant-garde and experimental film, and the relationship between cinema and other forms of artistic and cultural production, and has published work on all of these topics.

She is the author of James Cameron (Routledge). Her next book is The Endless Frontier: Westerns and American Identity from the Reagan Era to the Digital Age. She is also working on projects about consumer culture and cinema in 1950s America, the connections and disconnections between experimental moving image practices in the context of galleries and museums and more traditional exhibition sites, and the impact of new media and the digital on traditional cinematic forms.

Keller teaches Introduction to Film, the seminar in film theory, and classes on global cinema, women and cinema, the avant-garde and visual culture, the Western, and a series of classes on American film and culture from the invention of cinema to the present. She also serves on the American Studies Executive Committee and the Study of Women and Gender Committee.