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Michael Curtin
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Michael Curtin is a former Board Member. This page is for archival purposes only; therefore, his bio may not be current.
Member, Board of Directors, 2017-2020


Biography: Michael Curtin is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also director of the 21st Century Global Dynamics Initiative and executive editor of global-e.


Department of Film & Media Studies
University of California
Santa Barbara, California 93106-4010


Ph.D., Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A.B., History, Brown University

Research Interests:

Media Globalization, Cultural Geography, Industry and Policy Studies, and Creative Labor

Selected Publications:

“Between State and Capital: Asia’s Media Revolution in the Age of Neo-Liberal Globalization,” International Journal of Communication, no. 11 (2017), special section, “Mediating Asia: Information, Democracy, and the State In and Before the Digital Age,” Timothy Oakes, ed.

“Regulating the Global Infrastructure of Film Labor Exploitation,” International Journal of Cultural Policy 22, n. 5, (October 2016): 673-685, special issue, “Film Policy in a Globalized Cultural Economy,” eds., Nobuko Kawashima and John Hill.

“What Makes Them Willing Collaborators? The Global Context of Chinese Motion Picture Co-Productions,” Media International Australia 159, no. 1 (May 2016): 63-72.

Co-editor with Kevin Sanson, Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood, University of California Press, 2017.

Co-editor with Kevin Sanson, Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor, University of California Press, 2016. Finalist, Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, London.

Co-editor with Jennifer Holt and Kevin Sanson, Distribution Revolution: Conversations about Film and Television in the Digital Era. University of California Press, 2014.

Co-author with Jane Shattuc, The American Television Industry, International Screen Industries series. British Film Institute/ Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV.  University of California Press, 2007.

Redeeming the Wasteland: Television Documentary and Cold War Politics. Rutgers University Press, 1995.

Other activities:

Co-editor with Louis Leung, Chinese Journal of Communication, Taylor and Francis, since 2010.

Co-editor with Paul McDonald, International Screen Industries book series, British Film Institute, Palgrave MacMillan, since 2002.

Associate Researcher, Laboratory of Political Theories, Center for Sociological and Political Research, Paris (CRESPPA), since 2016.

Interim Vice Chair, Department of Film and Media Studies, 2017-2018.

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