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Jennifer M. Bean

Associate Professor, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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(206) 543-7542
Box: 354338
C522 PDL


Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1998

Jennifer M. Bean is Associate Chair of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media and Director of the Cinema and Media Studies programs. She has published widely on silent-era cinema, including several edited and co-edited collections such as Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space (Indiana UP, 2014), Flickers of Desire: Movie Stars of the 1910s (Rutgers UP, 2011), A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (Duke UP, 2002) and a special issue of Camera Obscura onEarly Women Stars,” (2001),  She is the recipient of the prestigious Katherine Singer Kovacs essay award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, as well as the Best Edited Collection in English Language Film and Media studies in 2014.  Her investment in silent-era film preservation and restoration agendas has led to her advisory work for the Women and Film History International Project, the Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc., Turner Classic Movies, and the National Film Preservation Foundation; her voice-over on various restored films from the early period of cinema can be heard on two DVD-anthologies, More Treasures from The Film Archives (2004), and Treasures III: Social Issues in Early American Cinema (2007). At the University of Washington, she teaches courses in film theory, genre, historiography, documentary, and analysis.


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