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Patricia White


Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies Spring 2022

Centennial Chair

On leave Fall 2021.

Film and Media Studies Department


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8148
  3. Kohlberg 111A
  4. Office Hours: On leave Fall 2021.

Patricia White is Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College. She is author of Women’s Cinema/World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms (Duke University Press, 2015) and Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability (Indiana University Press, 1999). With Timothy Corrigan, she co-wrote the widely adopted introductory film textbook The Film Experience (Bedford St. Martin’s, 6th ed. forthcoming 2021). She is also co-editor with Corrigan and Meta Mazaj of Critical Visions in Film Theory (Bedford St. Martin’s, 2011). Her essays on feminist and lgbtq cinema have been published in Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal, Film Quarterly, GLQ, and Screen; in edited collections including Reframing IndieSisters in the LifeA Feminist Reader in Early Cinema, Out in Culture and Inside/Out; and in such online venues as the Los Angeles Review of Books and Public Books. White edited and wrote the introduction to Figures of Resistance: Essays in Feminist Theory by Teresa de Lauretis (Illinois University Press, 2007). She received her Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her B.A. from Yale University in Film Studies. She serves on the boards of the non-profit feminist media arts organization Women Make Movies and the magazine Film Quarterly . White is a member of the editorial collective of the feminist film journal Camera Obscura and oversees the Camera Obscura book series for Duke University Press. She recently edited the 100th issue of the journal, On Chantal Akerman. Her contribution to the British Film Institute Film Classics series on Rebecca (Selznick International Pictures, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) is forthcoming in May 2021 from Bloomsbury Press.