Arthur Knight
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The information below focuses on my work from the last ten years. If you want my full vita you can find it here. You can find many of my publications at

Position Information
1999-Present Associate Professor, American Studies & English
The College of William & Mary

2009-2011 Robert & Sara Boyd Distinguished Term Associate Professor
The College of William & Mary

1993-1999 Assistant Professor, American Studies & English
The College of William and Mary

Ph.D, Department of English, University of Chicago, 1998.

M.A., Department of English, University of Chicago, 1985.

B.A., Department of English, with honors, University of Chicago, 1983.

Selected Fellowships and Awards
William & Mary Faculty Research Assignment, 2001-2002, 2010-2011, 2015-2016.

William & Mary Summer Research Grant, 2007.

Rockefeller Fellowship in Black Performance Arts, Stanford Humanities Center, 2002-2003.

Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, September 1992-August 1993.

Disintegrating the Musical: Black Musical Performance and American Musical Film. Duke UP, 2002.

Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music. Co-edited with Pamela Robertson Wojcik. Duke UP, 2001.

Selected Articles
"Porn Goes to College: American Universities, Their Students, and Pornography, 1968-1973" in Sex Scene: Media and the Sexual Revolution. Ed. Eric Schaefer. Duke UP, 2014: 406-34.

"Sidney Poitier: ‘It's No Joy to Be a Symbol'" in New Constellations: Movie Stars of the 1960s. Ed. Pamela Wojcik. Rutgers UP, 2011: 160-82.

"Searching for the Apollo: Black Moviegoing and Its Contexts in the Small-Town U.S. South" in Explorations in New Cinema History: Approaches and Case Studies. Eds. Biltereyst, Maltby, Meers. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011: 226-42.

"1959: Movies and the Racial Divide" in American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations. Screen Decades Series. Ed. Murray Pomerance. Rutgers UP, 2005: 222-43.

"'It Ain't Necessarily So That It Ain't Necessarily So': Jazz Versions of Porgy and Bess as Film and Cultural Criticism" in Soundtrack Available. Eds. Wojcik and Knight. Duke UP, 2002: 319-46.

"Star Dances: African American Constructions of Stardom" in Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness. Ed. Daniel Bernardi. U of Minnesota, 2001: 386-414.

"Jammin' the Blues, or the Sight of Jazz, 1945" in Representing Jazz. Ed. Krin Gabbard. Duke UP, 1995: 11-53.

On-Line Publications
Oxford University Press "Oxford Online Bibliographies: Film Studies"-"Sidney Poitier" (2014), "African American Cinema" (Forthcoming 2016). Extensive, curated and annotated bibliographies/encyclopia entries; peer-reviewed.

"Senses of Cinema-going" (co-edited with Clara Pafort-Overduin [Utrecht University] and Deb Verhoeven [Deakin University, Australia]). A set of twenty brief essays on the current state of cinema-going around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, for Senses of Cinema ( Winter 2011, #58).

Works in Progress
Book: "Black Star: A Cultural History of African Americans and Fame."

Articles: Spike Lee's "performance documentaries"; crowdfunding and independent film.

Infographics: Spike Lee's creative/collaborative networks; Black biopics.

Videographic Critical Essays: Spike Lee's openings; Spike Lee's women; the "Spike Lee shot."

Selected Book Reviews
Review of Allyson Nadia Field, Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity, History: Reviews of New Books [forthcoming 2016].

Review of Cara Caddoo, Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life, Journal of American Ethnic History [forthcoming 2016].

Review of Ian Gregory Strachen and Mia Mask, eds., Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age, Historical Journal of Radio, Film and Television [forthcoming 2016].

Review of Stephanie Leigh Batiste, Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression-Era African American Performance, NWIG 88:3-4 (Fall 2014): 114-15.

Review of Shane Vogel, The Scene of Harlem Cabaret and Marc Robinson, The American Play, 1787-2000, American Literature (March 2011): 210-12.

Review of Melvyn Stokes, D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time, Film Quarterly 64:1 (Fall 2010): 78-79.

Review of Judith Weisenfeld, Hollywood be Thy Name: African-American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949, Film Quarterly 62:2 (Winter 2008-09): 79-81.

Selected Scholarly Presentations
"Miles Ahead? The Black Biopic After Malcolm X," Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.

"Crowdfunding Independence: Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and the Idea of ‘Independent Film'," Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, WA, March 2014.

"Style, Urbanity, Authorship and Expanded Community: Spike Lee's Performance Documentaries," Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, MA, March 2012.

"Networks of Disconnection" [Invited Response to the panel, "Cinema, Race, and Citizenship"], Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans, LA, March 2011.

"'It's No Joy to be a Symbol': Sidney Poitier's 1960s Stardom," Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Los Angeles, CA, March 2010.

"Boogie Woogie Dreams: Micheaux and the Black Cast Musical," Faded Glory: Oscar Micheaux and the Pre-War Black Independent Cinema, Columbia University/Film Society of Lincoln Center, February 2009.

"Searching for the Apollo: Evidence (and Lack of Evidence) for African American Movie-going in Williamsburg, Virginia." "The Glow in Their Eyes": Global Perspectives on Film Cultures, Film Exhibition and Cinema Going, Ghent, Belgium, December 2007; Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Philadelphia, March 2008.

"Porn Goes to College: College Debates on Pornography, 1968-1973" (with Kevin Flanagan). Cinema in Context Conference, Amsterdam, April 2006; Speaking Sex/Seeing Sexualities Conference, William & Mary, March 2006; Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Vancouver, March 2006.

Web Based and Collaborative Projects
The Williamsburg Documentary Project ( A project to document, archive, and interpret Williamsburg, Virginia's 20th and 21st century histories; in collaboration with American Studies undergraduate and graduate students, W&M Library Special Collections, and various community groups.

The William & Mary Global Film Festival. Founding Director and Programmer, 2008; Producer (with Tim Barnard, Director and Programmer), 2009-present. An annual, themed four-day international film festival that brings together W&M students, Williamsburg community members, and filmmakers and scholars from around the country and world.

The History of Moviegoing, Exhibition, and Reception (HoMER) Project ( An ongoing international working group/collaboration, which has sponsored numerous conferences, supported the publication of four edited collections, and is developing databases and digital projects.

Specialties: Film & Media Studies, American Studies, Post WWII Literature

Regular Courses: Intro to FMST, Film History, Intro to AMST (Cinema and the Modernization
of US Culture), AMST Junior Methods Seminar, Contemporary Literature

Selected Topics Courses: African Americans and American Cinema; Spike Lee; Orson Welles; Film
Genre; Film/History; Graphic Novel; The Williamsburg Documentary Project

Independent and Thesis Work: Thirty PhD Dissertation Committees (Director of Eight); Thirty-two MA
Thesis Committees (Director of 17); Thirty-one Undergraduate Honors Thesis Committees (Director of nine); many independent studies (graduate and undergraduate) and internships.

Professional Service
Selected Service at William & Mary
Arts & Sciences Faculty Facilities Coordinator, 2013-present

Curriculum Review Steering Committee, 2011-2013

American Studies Program
Acting Director, 2006-2007, Spring 2014
Director of Graduate Studies, 2004-2006, 2012-2014
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2011-2014
Numerous Committees, including Personnel Committee (1993-1995, 1996-1997, 2000-2001 [chair], 2003-2004 [chair], 2011-2012 [chair]), three major search committees, three ad hoc planning committees.

Film & Media Studies Program
Director, 2007-2010
Associate Director (for Film Studies), 1994-1997, 2000-2001, 2003-2007.

Director, William & Mary Summer Program at Christ's College, Cambridge, UK, 2001.

English Department: Numerous Committees, including Committee for Evaluation and Improvement of Teaching (1999-2001 [chair 2000-2001]), Budget Committee (1995-1997), Technology Committee (1997-2001).

Earl Gregg Swem Library, Board of Directors, 2013-present.

Selected Professional Service
Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS): Nominating Committee (2014-present); Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award (2013-2014).

Book Manuscript Referee: Bedford/St. Martin's, Duke UP, Smithsonian, University of Chicago Press,
Rutgers UP, Oxford UP, Rowman & Littlefield, W.W. Norton, University of Illinois Press, and others.

Article Referee: Cinema Journal, Jazz Perspectives, PMLA, Feminist Studies.

Tenure Referee: Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, New York University, University of Chicago.

Selected Public Presentations
Numerous Talks and Presentations at Film Festivals and Public Libraries around Virginia, 1994-present.

Various Presentations on American Film and Culture Topics for the Keio University (Japan) Summer Program at William & Mary, August 1994-present.

Memberships in Scholarly Societies
American Studies Association, 1993-present.
Society for Cinema Studies, 1987-present.