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Patrice Petro
Patrice Petro is a former President of SCMS. This page is for archive purposes only; therefore, her bio may not be current.  
Past President, 2011-2013
President, 2007-2011

Biography: Patrice Petro is Vice Provost for International Education, Director of the Center for International Education, and Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Patrice received her Ph.D. in the Division of Broadcasting and Film at the University of Iowa in 1986.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Center for International Education
Garland Hall Room 102
2441 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Office Phone: (414) 229-4253
Fax: (414) 229-3626
E-mail: ppetro[at]uwm[dot]edu


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

M.A., Modern European History, Modern American History, Department of History, The University of California-Santa Barbara

Teaching and Research Interests: Cinema and Media History, Theory, and Criticism, Modernism and Modernity, Feminist and Critical Theory, Internationalism and Globalization

Selected Publications:



Aftershocks of the New: Feminism and Film History, Rutgers University Press, 2002.
Joyless Streets: Women and Melodramatic Representation in Weimar Germany, Princeton University Press, 1989.

Edited and co-edited:

Teaching Film (co-edited with Lucy Fischer), MLA Options for Teaching Series, 2012.Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art, and Social Practices (co-edited with A. Aneesh and Lane Hall), Rutgers University Press, 2011.
Idols of Modernity: Movie Stars of the 1920s, Rutgers University Press, 2010.
Rethinking Global Security: Media, Popular Culture, and the ‘War on Terror’ (co-edited with Andrew Martin), Rutgers University Press, 2006.
Global Currents: Media and Technology Now (co-edited with Tasha Oren), Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Global Cities: Cinema, Architecture, and Urbanism in a Digital Age (co-edited with Linda Krause), Rutgers University Press, 2003.
Truth Claims: Representation and Human Rights, (co-edited with Mark Bradley), 2002, Rutgers University Press.
Fugitive Images: From Photography to Video, ed. Patrice Petro, Indiana University Press, 1995.

Articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as: Screen, New German Critique, Cinema Journal, The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, College Art Association, Art in America, andSight and Sound.

Other Activities:

Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, UWM Awards and Recognition Committee, 1993.

Series Editor, "New Directions in International Studies,” sponsored by Rutgers University Press.

Principal Investigator, US Department of Education, Washington, D.C.; Title VI program: "National Resource Center in Global Studies,” $750,000 (approximate), July 2003-June 2006.

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