IMG_3730Patricia is Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College (website, Facebook page). Patricia is an interdisciplinary scholar, teacher, and advocate for feminist and queer film and media.

Patricia’s book Women’s Cinema, World Cinema (Duke UP, 2015) explores the dynamic intersection of feminism and film in the twenty-first century, highlighting a new generation of women directors from around the world.

Her BFI Classic on Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940), David O. Selznick’s production of Daphne du Maurier’s best-selling novel, is forthcoming in May 2021 from Bloomsbury Press.

She is the co-author of The Film Experience with Timothy Corrigan (Bedford St. Martin’s, 6th edition forthcoming), the popular introductory film studies textbook. Her book Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability (Indiana UP, 1999) has been widely cited in LGBTQ film and media studies. She is co-editor with Timothy Corrigan and Meta Mezaj of the anthology Critical Visions in Film Theory: Classic and Contemporary Readings (co-edited Bedford St. Martin’s, 2011). She edited and wrote the introduction for  Teresa de Lauretis’s Figures of Resistance: Essays in Feminist Theory (Illinois UP, 2007) and she is on the editorial board of Film Quarterly.

For more than three decades, Patricia has been active in independent feminist and LGBTQ film. She is on the board of one of the world’s leading feminist film organizations, Women Make Movies and is a member of the editorial collective of the feminist film journal Camera Obscura. She recently edited the journal’s 100th issue, a special issue on filmmaker Chantal Akerman, She is passionate about fostering and promoting feminist and LGBTQ media arts, particularly in transnational and multicultural collaborations.

Patricia received her PhD in the History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her BA in Film Studies from Yale.

She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Patricia is available to speak on gender and sexuality in classical Hollywood, independent, and world cinema; women and popular culture; queer theory and queer media; and experimental and documentary film.



Phone: (610) 328-8148

Mailing Address:

Swarthmore College

Film and Media Studies

Swarthmore, PA 19081