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Miranda Banks
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Member, Board of Directors, 2017-2020


Biography: Miranda Banks is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and a Faculty Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. Her primary area of research is the American film and television industries, with a specific focus on power dynamics in creative production.Her work at the Engagement Lab focuses on designing games that challenge ideas implicit bias in collaborative labor and the tensions that arise between individual gain and team building. Before joining Emerson, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.


Department of Visual and Media Arts

Emerson College

120 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02116


M.A. & Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

BA, Stanford University

Research Interests:

Production Studies and Media Industries; Gender and creative labor; Guilds and unions; Games for social change.

Selected Publications:

The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild. Monograph. Rutgers University Press. 2015.

With Bridget Conor and Vicki Mayer, eds. Production Studies, The Sequel!: Cultural Studies of Global Media Industries. Routledge Press. 2015.

“How to Study Media Makers and Making.” Handbook of Television Studies. Eds. Manuel Alvarado, Milly Buonanno, Herman Gray, and Toby Miller. Sage, 2015
With Lauren Steimer. “The Heroic Body: Toughness, Femininity, and The Stunt Double.” Gender and Creative Labour. Eds. Rosalind Gill, Bridget Conor. Sociological Review, 2015.

“Oral History and Media Industries: Theorizing the Personal in Production History.” Cultural Studies. v.28 n. 4 (2014) 545-560.
“I Love Lucy.” How To Watch TV. Eds. Jason Mittell and Ethan Thompson. NYU Press, 2013.

“The Picket Line Online: Hollywood Creative Labor and Digital Activism.” Popular Communication. v. 8. n. 1. (2010) 20-33.

With Vicki Mayer and John Caldwell, eds. Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries. Routledge, 2009.

“Gender Below-the-Line: Defining Feminist Production Studies” Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries. Routledge, 2009.

Other Activities

Advisory Board, Moving Image Crafts Documentation (MICD) Alliance, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Board Member, Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, Faculty Fellow. 2010.

National Association of Television Producers and Educators (NATPE) Fellowship, 2008.

Contact Us

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
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Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-8075