Alison Griffiths is an internationally recognized scholar whose books have had a major impact on the fields of anthropology, cultural history, cinema studies, nineteenth century visual culture, and new media studies. Her first book, Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture (Columbia University Press, 2002) won several major awards, and her second book, Shivers Down Your Spine: Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View (Columbia University Press, 2008) confirmed her expertise in interdisciplinary research across the fields of art history, museum studies, and media archaeology. Her latest book, Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prisons in Twentieth Century America, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Professor Griffiths teaches film and media studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College and in the Doctoral Program in Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center, and was a visiting professor at Stockholm University. Professor Griffiths served as a Faculty Fellow in Global Strategies at Baruch College and was a member of the WSAS Strategic Planning Committee and the WSAS Graduate Affairs committee. Before moving to New York, she taught at Elm Park (now Stanmore) College and Amersham & Wycombe College in London. The recipient of grants from the Woodrow Wilson organization, the NEH, and the Eugene Lang Foundation, she holds a bachelors degree from Leicester University, a masters from the University of London, and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Awards and Recognition
- Best Published Essay in the Field of Cinema and Media Studies Society for Cinema and Media Studies March 2004 Honorary Mention (second place) for Best Essay: “‘Shivers Down Your Spine’: Panoramas, Illusionism, and the Origins of the Cinematic Reenactment,” "Screen," Vol. 44, No. 1 (Spring 2003): 1-37. Krazna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award Krazna-Krausz Foundation April 2003 Honorable Mention ($1,800 prize). One of two runners up for book: "Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture" (Columbia University Press). Katherine S. Kovács Book Award Society for Cinema and Media Studies February 2003 Won the Best Published Book in Cinema and Media Studies Annual Award. Sixteenth Annual Dissertation Award Society for Cinema and Media Studies April 1999 $1,000 Award for the Best Dissertation in the field of Cinema and Media Studies