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Jennifer M. Bean

Associate Professor, Robert Jolin Osborne Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Associate Chair, Cinema and Media Studies
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(206) 543-7542
Box: 354338
C522 PDL


Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1998

Jennifer M. Bean is Robert Jolin Osborne Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.  She is Associate Chair of Cinema and Media Studies, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. She has published widely on silent-era cinema, including her edited and co-edited collections such as the award-winning Silent Cinema and the Politics of Space (Indiana UP, 2014), Flickers of Desire: Movie Stars of the 1910s (Rutgers UP, 2011), A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (Duke UP, 2002) and a special issue of Camera Obscura onEarly Women Stars” (2001).  She currently is Editor-in-Chief of Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal (2020-25), and is a recipient of the prestigious Katherine Singer Kovacs essay award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, as well as the Best Edited Collection in English Language Film and Media Studies.  Her investment in silent-era film preservation and restoration agendas has led to her advisory work for the Women Film Pioneers Project, Thanhouser Film Company Preservation, Inc., Turner Classic Movies, the British Film Institute, BBC-2, and the National Film Preservation Foundation; her voice-over on various restored films from the early period of cinema can be heard on two DVD-anthologies, More Treasures from The Film Archives (2004), and Treasures III: Social Issues in Early American Cinema (2007). At the University of Washington, she teaches courses in film theory, genre, American cinema, celebrity cultures, Media & the Environment, historiography, and analysis.


Courses Taught

Spring 2023


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