Texas Tech University

Allison Whitney

Allison Whitney's research interests include film and technology, intersectional feminist methodologies, sound studies, local film culture and oral history practices, and genre studies, including science fiction, horror, war, and melodrama. She publishes on film and media studies pedagogy, with a particular emphasis on community engagement.


“Documentaries.” The Routledge Companion to Star Trek. Ed. Stefan Rabitsch, Sabrina Mittermeier, and Leimar Garcia-Siino. Routledge, 2022.

“The Operator and the Final Girl: Gender, Race, and Sonic Labor in The Call.” The Acoustics of the Social on Page and Screen. Ed. Nathalie Aghoro. Bloomsbury, 2021. 115-129. 

Co-editor with Paul McEwan of “Re-Thinking the Film History Survey.” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Teaching Dossier. 2019.  

“Go to the Movies!: Cinephilia, Exhibition, and the Film Studies Classroom” in For the Love of Cinema: Teaching Our Passion In and Outside the Classroom. Ed. Rashna Wadia Richards and David T. Johnson. Indiana UP, 2017. 162-179.  

“Formatting Nostalgia: IMAX Expansions of the Star Wars Franchise” in Star Wars and the History of Transmedia Storytelling. Ed. Sean Guynes and Dan Hassler-Forest. Amsterdam UP, 2017. 265-276. 

“Cinephilia Writ Large: IMAX in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises” in The Cinema of Christopher Nolan. Ed. Jacqueline Furby and Stuart Joy. Columbia UP, 2015. 31-43. 

“Thinking/Feeling: Emotion, Spectatorship, and The Pedagogy of Horror,” CEA Forum 43.1 (2014): 37-61.  

“The High Priestess of the Desert: Female Intellect and Subjectivity in Contact” in Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television. Ed. Laura D'Amore. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 73-88. 

“The Spectator-Survivor: United 93 as Memorial Cinema” in Mapping Generations of Traumatic Memory in American Narratives. Ed. Mihaela Precup and Dana Mihaeilescu. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2014. 320-337. 

“Love at First Contact:  Sex, Race, and Colonial Fantasy in Star Trek: First Contact” in The Sex Is Out of This World: The Carnal Side of Science Fiction. Eds. Sherry Ginn and Michael Cornelius. McFarland, 2012. 62-85. 

“Etched with the Emulsion: Weimar Dance and Body Culture in German Expressionist Cinema,” Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 46.3 (2010): 242-256. 

“Cultivating Sonic Literacy in the Humanities Classroom,” Music, Sound and the Moving Image 2.2 (2008): 145-148.  

“Can You Fear Me Now?:  Cellular Phones and the American Horror Film” in The Cell Phone: Essays in Social Transformation. Eds. Anandam P. Kavoori and Noah Arceneaux. Peter Lang, 2006. 125-138.

“Teaching the Temptation: Seminarians Viewing The Last Temptation of Christ” with Melody Knowles in Scandalizing Jesus: Kazantzakis' The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years On. Ed. Darren J.N. Middleton. Continuum, 2005. 193-202. 

“Gidget Goes Hysterical” in Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: Contemporary Cinemas of Girlhood. Ed. Frances Gateward and Murray Pomerance. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2002. 55-72. 

“Body(e)scapes:  The Politics of Embodiment in Virtual Reality” in Reclaiming the Future:  Women's Strategies for the 21st Century. Ed. Somer Brodribb. Toronto: Gynergy Books, 1999. 

Selected Fellowships and Awards

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2021-25  “Locating Transnational Collaborations in the Early History of IMAX Films and Architectures (1970-1990).” 

Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center Faculty Fellowship 2021-22 – Supporting the work of the center, with an emphasis on developing the Native American and Indigenous Studies curriculum at Texas Tech. 

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Pedagogy Award 2020 - Recognizing contributions to pedagogy in cinema and media studies through mentorship, publications, workshops, and public outreach.  

Service and Community Engagement

Programmer for Sexism|Cinema https://www.sexismcinema.com 


Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies
Film & Media Studies

Email: allison.whitney@ttu.edu