Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Distinguished Professor, Director of Global Dynamics Initiative

Michael Curtin

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Spring quarter: By appointment


Michael Curtin is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies with affiliated appointments in Global Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. He is also lead professor of the Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative and associate researcher at the Center for Sociological and Political Research in Paris. Curtin is co-founder and former co-director of the Media Industries Project of the Carsey-Wolf Center. Before joining UCSB, he was director of Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of Cultural Studies at Indiana University. He has also held teaching or research appointments at Northwestern University, Renmin University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica, and the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. Curtin’s research and teaching focus on media globalization, cultural geography, industry and policy studies, and creative labor. Curtin is currently at work on Media Capital: The Cultural Geography of Globalization and Regulating Global Media. He is executive editor of global-e co-editor of Media Industries, and the British Film Institute’s International Screen Industries book series.

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  • Ph.D Communication ArtsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
  • A.B. HistoryBrown University