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Ghent University
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race, African American, whiteness, silent film, 1920s, 1910s, film history, ethnicity, United States, women
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About Me

I am a film historian whose primary research interests include the history of race and racial representations in American cinema during the silent film era.

My current projects investigates black, female cinemagoers in New York in the 1920s. 

My upcoming book, Damsels and Divas: European Stardom in Silent Hollywood is contracted to Rutgers University Press. It explores the star images of Pola Negri, Vilma Banky and Jetta Goudal.

Recent Publications

‘Jetta Goudal vs. The Studio System: Star Labour and 1920s Hollywood’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, vol. 39 (2018): 1-18.

‘Imagining Chinatown: Broken Blossoms (1919) in Britain,’ Other Modernities, no. 20, vol. 11 (2018), Special Issue: London as Cosmopolitan City in Contemporary Culture: 12-37.

The Almost Perfect Anglo-Saxon Type, More English than the English: Vilma Bánky’s Star Image in 1920s America,’ Early Popular Visual Culture, vo. 4, no. 15 (2017): 425-441.

Ah, Love! It’s Not for Me! Off-Screen Romance and Pola Negri’s Star Persona,’ Celebrity Studies Journal, vol. 8, no. 2 (2017): 294-311.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Race, Urban History, Women