Associate Professor of Film and Media
Department of Rhetoric
(510) 642-6485

Research Expertise and Interest

Cinema and technological change, computer-generated images and contemporary cinema, digital visual effects, the history and theory of special effects, cinema in transition, American film history, silent American cinema, modernity and early cinema.


Kristen Whissel received her Ph.D from Brown University. Her research focuses on computer-generated images and contemporary cinema, digital cinema/video, the theory and history of special effects, new media, American modernity in early cinema, American film history, American film genres, war and cinema. Her books include Picturing American Modernity: Traffice, Technology, and the Silent Cinema (Duke UP, 2007) and  The Digital Effects Eblem: Computer-Generated Images and Contemporary Cinema (Duke UP, forthcoming). She has published articles in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, and Screen.

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