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Kirsten Moana Thompson

Seattle University
EDUCATION
Ph.D. Cinema Studies, 1998 New York University, USA
M.A. (First Class Honors) English Literature, 1989 Auckland University, New Zealand
B.A. English Literature and History, 1986 Auckland University, New Zealand

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
Seattle University, WA, Department of English, August 2016-
Director, Film Program and Professor, Film Studies

Victoria University, New Zealand, 2012-2016, Director, Film Program (2012-15) and Professor of Film Studies

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, Department of English, 1999-2012
Assistant Professor (1999-2006); Associate Professor (2006-2012);
Lifetime Tenure Awarded 2006; Director, Film Program (2007- 2012)

RESEARCH & TEACHING SPECIALIZATIONS
Animation; color studies; media archaeology; historical, material and technological histories;
classical and contemporary American cinema and media (film noir, crime, blockbuster, visual
effects); New Zealand and Pacific film and media; German Cinema.

CURRENT RESEARCH
Color, American Animation and Visual Culture
Bubbles
Animation and Advertising, eds. Malcolm Cook and Kirsten Thompson