Research Expertise and Interest
Cinema and technological change, cinema and modernity, computer-generated images and contemporary cinema, digital visual effects, stereoscopic 3D cinema and media, the history and theory of special effects, cinema in transition, American film history, 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: Traffic, Technology, and the Silent Cinema (Duke UP, 2007) and Spectacular Visual Effect: CGI and Contemporary Cinema (Duke UP, 2012). She is currently writing a book on stereoscopic 3D cinema titled, "Hollywood's Impalpable Phantoms: 3D Cinema and Postwar Modernity in the Atomic Age." She has published articles in New Review of Film & Television Studies, Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, Journal of Visual Culture, and Screen.