Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Film and Television
Assistant Professor, Social / Cultural / Critical Theory – GIDP
Marshall Bldg, Room 234
PhD Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick
MA Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick
BA Philosophy, Columbia University
Dr. Anna Cooper’s research interests include classical and contemporary Hollywood, transnational/postcolonial/neocolonial cinemas, representations of gender, space/place/mobilities in film, and feminist film and media studies.
Her forthcoming monograph, titled An American Abroad: Imperialist Aesthetics in Postwar Hollywood Cinema, examines Hollywood’s development of a neocolonial film aesthetics in the period following World War II, using as its main case study a cycle of 1950s Hollywood films about European travel. It considers how elements of European colonial visual culture were adopted and transformed to suit a new U.S. imperial paradigm. It has long been argued that Europe was a primary stomping ground on which U.S. consumer capitalist neocolonialism was first forged; this book asks how U.S. film texts imagined this space in an early period of U.S. global dominance, highlighting the gaps and ruptures between Europe and the U.S. during a period of European colonial devolution and simultaneous U.S. neocolonial ascendance.
Dr. Cooper has co-edited an anthology, Projecting the World: Representing the “Foreign” in Classical Hollywood, which collects current research on representations of foreign and international space in classical Hollywood cinema (Wayne State UP, 2017).
Her latest project is on cinema and the cultures of neoliberalism. She is co-Principal Investigator of "Neoliberalism at the Neopopulist Crossroads," a Sawyer Seminar funded by the Mellon Foundation which will be running a full year's program in 2020-21.
She also recently served as guest editor for a special issue of New Review of Film and Television Studies, published in July 2019, on neoliberalism and cinema. Her contribution to the issue, an article-length introduction titled “Neoliberal Theory and Film Studies,” argues for more robust connections between these two fields given how often media and communications have been theorized as a powerful site for the dissemination of neoliberal modes of discipline.
- A New Feminist Critique of Film Canon: Moving Beyond the Diversity/Inclusion Paradigm in the Digital Era.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 36:5 (July 2019), 392-413.
- “Spaces of Failure: The Gendering of Neoliberal Mobilities in the U.S. Indie Road Movie,” in Journeys on Screen: Theory, Ethics and Aesthetics, edited by Louis Bayman and Natália Pinazza. Edinburgh University Press, 2018.
- "Colonizing Europe: Widescreen Aesthetics in the 1950s’ American Travel Film,” Transnational Cinemas 7:1 (2016), 21-33.
- “America’s Representative Men: Moral Perfectionism, Masculinity and Psychoanalysis in Good Will Hunting,” Film-Philosophy 19 (2015), 270-288.
- Women Directors in Global Cinema
- Colonial/Postcolonial Cinema
- Race, Class, and Gender in Film and Television
- The Road Movie
- International Film and Television Business
- Costume and Cinema
- Chick Flicks
- Theory and Representation in Film and Television
- Film and Television History, Beginnings to Mid-20th Century
- Film and Television History, Mid-20th Century to the Present