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Paula Massood

President-Elect, 2017-2019

Biography: Paula J. Massood is a Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Film and the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She is also on the doctoral faculty in the Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY, which she joined in 2007. She has served both as Chair of the Department of Film and as Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Brooklyn College. Prior to joining Brooklyn College in 1999, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College.


Department of Film
Brooklyn College, CUNY
2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY  11210

Office phone: 718-951-5664


Ph.D., Cinema Studies, New York University
M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University
B.A., Communications, University of New Hampshire

Teaching and Research Interests: 

African American film, the city and film, space and gender, genre film, film and visual culture

Selected Publications:

Making and Remaking a Promised Land: Harlem in 20th Century Photography and Film.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Editor, The Spike Lee Reader: An Anthology. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2008.

Black City Cinema: Visualizing African American Urban Experiences in Film.  Philadelphia, PA:  Temple University Press, 2003.

‘We Don’t Need to Dream No More. We Got Real Estate’: The Wire, Urban Development, and the Frustrations of the American Dream.” The Apartment Plot Reader. Ed. Pamela Wojcik. Durham, NC: Duke Univ. Press, forthcoming.

“Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls: The Politics of the Documentary Interview,” in Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video. Eds. Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2014.

“Teaching African American Film: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics,” in MLA Guide to Teaching Film. Eds. Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro. New York: MLA, 2012.

“From Mean Streets to the Gangs of New York: Ethnicity and Urban Space in the Films of Martin Scorsese,” in City That Never Sleeps. Ed. Murray Pomerance. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007.

“An Aesthetic Appropriate to Conditions: Killer of Sheep, (Neo)Realism, and the Documentary Impulse,” in Wide Angle 22.4 (October 1999—published June 2004): 20–41.


Other activities:

Editorial Board member, Cinema Journal (stepped down because of taking SCMS Board position)

Member, Best Essay in an Edited Collection Award, SCMS, 2016-2017

Member, Nominating Committee, SCMS, 2010–2015

 Member and Chair, Best New Book Award, SCMS, 2011–2012

Member, Review Committee, Dissertation Completion Fellowships, American Council of Learned Societies, 2009–2012

Treasurer, SCMS, 2008–2011

Film and Theater Subject Editor, African American National Biography. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Program Committee, SCMS 2007 Conference (Chicago, IL)

Board of Directors, SCMS, 2002–2005

Program Committee, SCMS 2005 Conference (London)

Program Committee Chair, SCMS 2004 Conference (Atlanta, GA)

Program Committee, SCMS 2003 Conference (Minneapolis, MN)

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