Jeff Menne


Associate Professor
PhD, Vanderbilt University

Associate Editor, Cinema Journal

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • US and Latin American Cinema
  • Experimental Media
  • Critical Theory 

Selected Publications

Post-Fordist Cinema: Hollywood Auteurs and the Corporate Counterculture (Columbia UP, forthcoming in 2019)

Francis Ford Coppola (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2015) 

Film and the American Presidency, ed. Jeff Menne and Christian Long (Routledge, 2015)

"Post-Ferguson Hollywood," Jump Cut, No. 57 Fall 2016.

"Argo Direct Yourself: Ben Affleck and Movie-Made Politics," Post45, Contemporaries, June 2016.

"The Cinema of Defection: Auteur Theory and Institutional Life," Representations 114, Spring 2011.

"'I Live in This World, Too': Octavia Butler and the State of Realism" Modern Fiction Studies 57.4, Winter 2011.

"A Mexican Nouvelle Vague: The Logic of New Waves under Globalization," Cinema Journal 47.1, Fall 2007.

"Alive in the Net," co-authored with Jay Clayton, The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television (Forthcoming, 2015)

"Critical Realist in Naïve New York,"Review essay of Siegfried Kracauer's American Writings, ed. Johannes von Moltke and Kristy Rawson, Postmodern Culture 24.2, 2015.

Current Research Projects

I am preparing a monograph, The Avant-Garde University, concerned with the absorption of avant-garde artists into the postwar university. The study in part rests on the emergence of "media studies" in this period, examining what the fascination with the term "media" implied about the historical moment. The case studies include Rutgers University and Fluxus, SUNY Buffalo and Hollis Frampton, University of Utah and Ivan Sutherland, UCLA and the L.A. Rebellion, and the history of CalArts from Walt Disney to James Benning.