Diane Negra is Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture and Head of Film Studies at University College Dublin. A member of the Royal Irish Academy, she is the author, editor or co-editor of ten books including the forthcoming The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (Routledge, 2016). Her work in media, gender and cultural studies has been widely influential and recognized with a range of research awards and fellowships, most recently an award from the Government of Japan that led to a lecture tour in that country. She currently serves as Co-Editor-in- Chief of Television and New Media.
A strong commitment to internationalism runs through Professor Negra’s work from her first book, a study of Hollywood’s ability to manufacture “off-white” ethnicities of European-born stars to Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity (Duke, 2014) which incorporates comparative perspectives of media cultures of recession. That book was named one of Critical Theory.com’s “Fifteen Books to Be Excited About in 2014.”
An in-demand speaker with a long track record of editorial board service for journals including Screen, Film Quarterly and The Velvet Light Trap, Professor Negra has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and currently serves on the Board for Console-ing Passions. In partnership with two other Irish universities UCD hosted the Console-ing Passions conference in 2015 bringing over 350 media studies scholars to Ireland. An American academic trained at the University of Texas at Austin, Professor Negra has been based in the UK and Ireland since 2002.