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Barbara Klinger
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Barb Klinger is a former President. This page is for archive purposes only; therefore, her bio may not be current.

Past President, 2015-2017
President, 2013-2015
President-Elect, 2011-2013


Biography: Barbara Klinger is Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. Barbara received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa in 1986.


Department of Communication and Culture
Classroom/Office Building
800 E. 3rd Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Office Phone: (812)-855-1796

Fax: (812)-855-6014



Ph.D., Film Studies, Division of Broadcasting and Film, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa

M.A., Film Studies, School of Film, College of Fine Arts, Ohio University

B.A., Department of English, Bucknell University

Teaching and Research Interests

US Cinema, History, and Culture; Reception, Audience, and Fan Studies; Cinema and New Media; Film Exhibition and Circulation; Gender Studies; Film and Media Theory and Criticism

Selected Publications


Beyond the Multiplex: Cinema, New Technologies, and the Home (University of California Press, 2006).

Melodrama and Meaning: History, Culture, and the Films of Douglas Sirk (Indiana University Press, 1994)

Articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as: Screen,Cinema Journal, The Velvet Light Trap, Particip@tions: International Journal of Audience Research, and Wide Angle

Other Activities and Awards

SCMS Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award, 1997 and 2011

Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Film, Ohio University, 2009

Interim Chair, Department of Communication and Culture, 2006-07

Director, Film and Media Studies, 1999-2006

Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Dept. of Communication and Culture, 1998 and 2000

Member, IU Cinema Program Advisory Board, 2010-

Member, Board of Trustees, Kinsey Institute, 2005-2009

Member, Black Film Center/Archive Advisory Committee, 1994-2005

Meryl Streep and Professor Barbara Klinger during a Jorgensen Guest Lecture, courtesy of Indiana University Cinema

Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
640 Parrington Oval
Wallace Old Science Hall, Room 300
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075