Janet Staiger

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Janet Staiger is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of Communication in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin.


She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1981.[1]


As a theoretician and historian of American film and television, Staiger has published on the Hollywood mode of production, the economic history and dynamics of the industry and its technology, poststructural and postfeminist/queer approaches to authorial studies, the historical reception of cinema and television programs, and cultural issues involving gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. She curated an exhibition on the television show Dallas for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.[2] She serves on the jury to select the best television shows of the year for the American Film Institute.[3]

She is a past president of the Society for Cinema Studies and a member of the Cultural Studies Association.


  • Media Reception Studies (New York University, 2005)
  • Authorship and Film co-ed. with David Gerstner (Routledge, 2003)
  • Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception (New York University Press, 2000)
  • Blockbuster TV: Must-See Sitcoms in the Network Era (New York University Press, 2000)[4][5]
  • Bad Women: Regulating Sexuality in Early American Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 1995)
  • The Studio System (ed.) (Rutgers University Press, 1995)
  • Interpreting Films: Studies in the Historical Reception of American Cinema (Princeton University Press, 1992)
  • The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960, co-author with David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (Routledge & Kegan Paul/Columbia University Press, 1985)


  1. ^ Faculty biography page, University of Texas - Austin
  2. ^ "The Ewings have come and gone, but some still can't get enough Dallas", The Star, July 11, 2008
  3. ^ "'Glee,' 'True Grit' Among AFI's Annual Top 10 List", Hollywood Reporter, December 12, 2010
  4. ^ Review in the Hartford Courant, December 13, 2000
  5. ^ Interview by the Spokesman-Review, January 2, 2001

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