Dr Austin Fisher
Principal Academic in Media Production
I am a film historian, and my research interests include Italian cinema, Hollywood cinema (especially the Western), exploitation cinema, transnational cinema and political filmmaking. I welcome applications from research students interested in working in these and related fields.
My main area of expertise concerns popular Italian cinema’s engagement with the countercultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and I have published widely in this area. I am currently writing a book on historical representations of political violence in 1970s Italian cinema, and I have recently compiled edited volumes on the North American "grindhouse" phenomenon, and the Spaghetti Western.
I am founding co-editor of the "Global Exploitation Cinemas" book series (Bloomsbury), and I serve on the Editorial Boards of the Transnational Cinemas and [in]Transition journals.
Between 2012 and 2017, I was founding Co-Chair of the "Transnational Cinemas" Scholarly Interest Group, of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).