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Dr Jonathan Munby

Senior Lecturer

Jonathan Munby

Lancaster University

The LICA Building



Tel: +44 1524 594615

PhD supervision

American Film (especially in the history and theory of Hollywood cinema)

African American Culture and History (especially the relationship between popular culture and race)

Censorship and Mass Media

European Exiles and Hollywood

American Popular Culture/ Theories of Popular Culture

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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