​Film Studies Professor / Cultural Theorist / Filmmaker

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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is the Willa Cather Professor of English and Film Studies
in the Department of English, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
, specializing in film, class, race and gender studies, as well as eco-critical approaches to film and popular culture.

Her most recent books include
Disruptive Feminisms: Raced, Gendered, and Classed Bodies in Film(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015);
Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers and the Culture of Apocalypse 
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); A Short History of Film (Rutgers University Press, co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon, 2008; second edition 2013); 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation (Rutgers University Press, co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon, 2011); Class-Passing: Social Mobility in Film and Popular Culture(Southern Illinois University Press, 2005); and Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions(State University of New York Press, 2003).

Her many other books include the classic anthology
Identity and Memory: The Films of Chantal Akerman
(Southern Illinois University Press, 2003); Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader (Routledge, 2002);Troping the Body: Etiquette, Conduct and Dialogic Performance(Southern Illinois University Press, 2000);Captive Bodies: Postcolonialism in the Cinema(State University of New York Press, 1999);Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora: Decolonizing the Gaze, Locating Subjectivity(Southern Illinois UP, 1997); and Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary (Greenwood Press, 1995).

Foster's book,Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions,was cited by the journal Choice as "Essential . . . one of the Outstanding Academic Books of the Year."