Texas Tech University

Allison Whitney

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Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago
Office: 473

Whitney specializes in studies of film technology, genre cinema, and the relationship between technological history and film form.  She has published on race and class in American maternal melodrama, colonial narratives in science fiction, contemporary horror films, religion and cinema, sonic literacy, and dance in Weimar film culture in such journals as The Journal of Film & Video,Music, Sound and The Moving Image, and Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. She is currently working on a book on the history of IMAX film, and she is engaged in research on the representation of space exploration in cinema. She is also developing a project on oral histories of film exhibition culture in Texas and the Southwest.



  • “Love at First Contact: Sex, Race, and Colonial Fantasy in Star Trek: First Contact.The Sex Is Out of This World: The Carnal Side of Science Fiction. Eds. Sherry Ginn and Michael Cornelius. McFarland, (forthcoming 2013).
  • “Etched with the Emulsion:  Weimar Dance and Body Culture in German Expressionist Cinema.” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 46.3 (2010): 240-254.
  • “Cultivating Sonic Literacy in the Humanities Classroom.” Music, Sound and the Moving Image 2:2 (2008): 145-148.
  • “Race, Class, and the Pressure to Pass in American Maternal Melodrama: The Case of Stella Dallas.” Journal of Film and Video 59:1 (2007): 3-18.
  • “Can You Fear Me Now?: Cellular Phones and the American Horror Film.” TheCell Phone: Essays in Social Transformation. Eds. Anandam P. Kavoori and Noah Arceneaux. Peter Lang, 2006.
  • “Teaching the Temptation: Seminarians Viewing The Last Temptation of Christ” with Melody Knowles. Scandalizing Jesus: Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years On. Ed. Darren J.N. Middleton. Continuum, 2005. 193-202.
  • “Gidget Goes Hysterical." Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: Contemporary Cinemas of Girlhood. Eds. Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance. Wayne State UP, 2002. 55-71.
  • “Body(e)scapes:  The Politics of Embodiment in Virtual Reality.” Reclaiming the Future:  Women's Strategies for the 21st Century. Ed. Somer Brodribb. Gynergy Books, 1999.



  • Marshall Fishwick Travel Grant to Research Collections, from the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association, 2011
  • Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Fund Research Travel Grant, 2011
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2005-07
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Chicago, 2004
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, 2000-03
  • Gerald Pratley Graduate Award for Canadian Film Studies, Film Studies Association of Canada, 1998