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  Jane M. GainesContact Info:
Jane resigned from her position at Duke effective 12/31/08.
Office Location:  104 Crowell Bldg
Office Phone:  +1 919 660 3030
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  • Ph.D. Northwestern University 1982
  • M.A. Northwestern University 1971
  • B.S. Northwestern University 1968


Film Theory & History
Film Studies
American Mass & Popular Culture
Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies
Research Interests: Film Theory and Feminism, Intellectual Property

Current projects: Women in the International Silent Film Industry, Documentary Theory, Film Historiography

Professor Gaines is Visiting Professor, Film Division, School of the Arts, Columbia University, during academic year 2007 - 08. Founder of the Program in Film/Video/Digital and founder of the Duke in Los Angeles Program. She won the Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for Fire and Desire: Mixed- Blood Movies in the Silent Era (University of Chicago Press, 2001). The only member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies to win the award two times, she received it earlier for Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law (University of North Carolina Press, 1991). In November, 2001, she received the coveted Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholarly Award for her forthcoming book on early cinema, Fictioning Histories: Women Film Pioneers (University of Illinois Press). In Spring 2006, Prof. Gaines was Kirsten Hesselgren Research Chair at the University of Stockholm and taught at the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

    Representative Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Jane M. Gaines, The Documentary Destiny of Cinema (2009) [author's comments].
    2. Jane M. Gaines, Fictioning Histories: Women Film Pioneers (2009), University of Illinois Press.
    3. Jane M. Gaines, Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law (forthcoming).
    4. Jane M. Gaines, Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era (2001), University of Chicago Press.
    5. with Pearl Bowser and Charles Musser, eds., Oscar Micheaux and His Circle: African American Filmmaking and Race Cinema of the Silent Era (2001), Indiana University Press.
    6. Jane M. Gaines and Michael Renov, eds., Collecting Visible Evidence (1999), University of Minnesota Press.
    7. Jane M. Gaines, editor, Classical Hollywood Narrative: The Paradigm Wars (1992), Duke University Press.
    8. with Jane M. Gaines and Monica Dall' Asta, Women Film Pioneers: An International Sourcebook (Europe, Canada, Asia), vol. II (forthcoming), University of Illinois Press [author's comments].
    9. J.M. Gaines, First Fictions, Signs, vol. 30 no. 1 (Fall, 2004), pp. 1293 - 1317 [author's comments].
    10. J.M. Gaines, Sexual Semiosis, Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, vol. 11 (Spring, 2004), pp. 55 - 67 [author's comments].
    11. J.M. Gaines, Early Cinema's Heyday of Copying, Cultural Studies, vol. 20 no. 2 - 3 (June, 2006), pp. 227 - 244.
    12. J.M. Gaines, In and Out of Race, Women and Performance, vol. 29 (December, 2005) [author's comments].
    13. Jane M. Gaines, Machines That Make the Body Do Things, in More Dirty Looks, edited by Pamela Church-Gibson (Fall, 2003), British Film Institute.