Professor and Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center; Presidential Chair in Media Studies

Patrice Petro


Patrice Petro is Professor of Film and Media Studies and Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center and Presidential Chair in Media Studies. She is the author, editor, and co-editor of twelve books, including The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (with Kristin Hole, Dijana Jelaca, and E. Ann Kaplan, 2017), After Capitalism: Horizons of Finance, Culture, and Citizenship (with Kennan Ferguson, 2016), Teaching Film (with Lucy Fischer, 2012), Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art, and Social Practices (with A. Aneesh and Lane Hall, 2011), Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s (2010), Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the ‘War on Terror’ (with Andrew Martin, 2006), Global Currents: Media and Technology Now (with Tasha Oren, 2004), Global Cities: Cinema, Architecture, and Urbanism in a Digital Age (with Linda Krause, 2003), Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History (2002), Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights (with Mark Bradley, 2002), Fugitive Images: From Photography to Video (1995), and Joyless Streets: Women and Melodramatic Representation in Weimar Germany (1989). She served two consecutive terms as President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the US’s leading professional organization of college and university educators, filmmakers, historians, critics, scholars, and others devoted to the study of the moving image.


  • Ph.D., 1986 Film History and Theory, Department of Communication Studies, Division of Broadcasting and FilmUniversity of Iowa
  • M.A, 1982 Department of HistoryUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., 1979 Film StudiesUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., 1979 HistoryUniversity of California, Santa Barbara