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Current Postgraduate Research Students

Jonathan Munby supervises 1 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Dr Jonathan Munby

Senior Lecturer

Jonathan Munby

Current Teaching


  • convene and deliver all lecture/seminars for a course on classical Hollywood cinema: The Cultural History of American Film
  • convene independent research project (dissertation) for final year Film students
  • team teach on course on New Hollywood: Apocalypse Then: New Hollywood Cinema
  • team teach onFilm programme's Part I: Introduction to Film Studies
  • team teach on core second-year Contemporary Arts module: Critical Reflections
  • team teach on core first-year Contemporary Arts module: Modernism in the Arts


MRes supervision in Film

PhD supervision in Film/ Popular Culture


Career details

  • PhD in American Studies, University of Minnesota (1995)
  • Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and American Studies, LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts), Lancaster University, UK (employee of Lancaster University since 1995)
  • Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University (2010-2013)
  • Member RAE2008 Main Panel L: Sub-Panel 47--American Studies and Anglophone Area Studies (2005-2008)

Research Interests

His research interests are:

  • The cultural history of American cinema
  • African-American popular culture
  • Race, ethnicity and criminal identity politics in America
  • Theories of popular culture.

Most recent conference papers/ public lectures:

"'Kosher Nostra': Screening the Memory of the Jewish-American Gangster in The Godfather Part II (1974)" in the FilmTalk publiclecture series 2013: "The Jewish Villain" organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London and the Wiener Library. Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide, Russell Square, London, 6 June 2013 http://www.leobaeck.co.uk/archives/3296

"Writing 'on the Rilla' with Ice-T: from Autobiography to Avatar in Kings of Vice", 58th British Association of American Studies (BAAS) Annual Conference, University of Exeter, 20 April 2013

Current research project:

Currently completing research for a biography of the African American writer, actor, and political activist, Julian Mayfield (1928-1984)--provisional title: "Which Way Does the Blood Red River Run: Julian Mayfield and the Politics of Oblivion". This project has been supported by a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. Details of this project can be found on my Harvard University webpage: http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/jonathan-munby

The project potentially involves editing a companion anthology of Julian Mayfield's writing--his critical journalism, academic essays and his out-of-print and unpublished fiction and plays.

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