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Assistant Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Film Studies

James Lowell Brunton is a writer and scholar of film and media studies, critical theory, and LGBT studies. James’ scholarship and pedagogy are focused on the study of film through transgender, queer, feminist, critical race, and psychoanalytic theoretical lenses. He is particularly interested in and committed to studying contemporary and historical film and video made by (rather than simply “about”) transgender and queer people. His scholarship appears in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies; Quarterly Review of Film and Video; Literature/Film Quarterly; and Journal of Modern Literature. He is the co-editor (with Dr. Kristi Carter) of TransNarratives: Scholarly and Creative Works on Transgender Experience (Canadian Scholars & Women’s Press, 2021).

James is also the author of a full-length experimental writing collection Opera on TV (The Operating System Press, 2019) and a poetry chapbook, The Future Is a Faint Song (2014, co-authored with Russell Evatt). His creative non-fiction and poetry appears in New South, Ninth Letter, Denver Quarterly, Cincinnati Review, and many other journals.

You can find out more about James and his work at jameslowellbrunton.com.


Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Poetry writing, poetics, and critical theory

M.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., University of California-Irvine
Visual Studies

B.A., Ohio University Honors Tutorial College
Political Science

Areas of Interest

Film and media studies

Literary and critical theory

LGBTQ studies

Creative writing (poetry)