Jeanine Basinger

Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies


    Jeanine Basinger is the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, founder and curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives, Chair of the Film Studies Department, and a two-time recipient of Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her book, Silent Stars, won the National Board of Review’s William K. Everson Prize, The Star Machine, published by Knopf, 2007, won the Theatre Library Association Award. She is the author of numerous articles and book reviews in such publications as The New York Times, American Film, Film Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Review of Books, and Opera News, as well as ten books on film including A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960; The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre, and Anthony Mann: A Critical Study. Her newest and eleventh book, I Do and I Don’t: A History of Marriage in the Movies, was published by Knopf in January 2013. Professor Basinger is a trustee of the National Board of Review, a trustee of the American Film Institute, a current member of Warner Brothers Theatre Advisory Committee at the Smithsonian Institute, and a former member of the Board of Advisors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. She served as advisor to Martin Scorsese’s film foundation project, The Story of Movies; co-produced an American Masters episode on Clint Eastwood, and was head consultant on the PBS special “American Cinema: 100 years of Filmmaking” for which she also wrote the companion book. A nationally recognized expert on various aspects of American film she has consulted on numerous film documentaries and projects funded by both NEA and NEH. She participated on camera in the Turner Classic Movies production of Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood and the recent CASTING BY among others. Professor Basinger was the recipient of the Connecticut Governor’s Award for her contribution to Film and the Arts in November 2006. She was also awarded an honorary degree by the American Film Institute in June of 2006—the first time it was awarded to an academic—for her contribution to film studies and for the number of her students who work in the field. As curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archive, Basinger is responsible for the care of papers from some of film history’s most significant names, both then and now: Frank Capra, Clint Eastwood, Elia Kazan, Ingrid Bergman, Martin Scorsese, John Waters, Raoul Walsh, Jonathan Demme, and others. Her former students include Joss Whedon, Miguel Arteta, Paul Weitz, Michael Bay, Jon Turteltaub, Benh Zeitlin, Steven Schiff, Akiva Goldsman, Bruce Eric Kaplan, Dana Delany, Brad Whitford, Laurence Mark, Paul Schiff, Matt Greenfield, Alex Kurtzman, Matt Weiner, Marc Shmuger, Mark Bomback, Jon Hoeber, Brad Fuller, and many more.