Jacqueline Stewart

Jacqueline Stewart
Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College, Director of Arts + Public Life
Classics 307
Ph.D., The University of Chicago


On leave through Winter Quarter 2024.  

Jacqueline Stewart’s research and teaching explore African American film cultures from the origins of the medium to the present, as well as the archiving and preservation of moving images, and “orphan” media histories, including nontheatrical, amateur, and activist film and video. She directs the South Side Home Movie Project and is co-curator of the L.A. Rebellion Preservation Project at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. She also serves as an appointee to the National Film Preservation Board. She is currently researching the racial politics of moving image preservation and is also completing a study of the life and work of African American actor/writer/director Spencer Williams. 

Stewart is the author of Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity, which has achieved recognition from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She participated in the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program, offered by Northwestern University, and the OpEd Project. She has also been awarded fellowships from the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University, and the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Scholars-in-Residence Program. 


*Editor of L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema


Previously taught courses include: Black Film as Art / Black Art as Film (CMST 61001), Advanced Seminar (CMST 29200), Senior Colloquium (CMST 29800), African American Cinema Since 1970 (CMST 21020 / 31020), Birth of a Nation (CMST 61101)