Lee Grieveson is Reader in Film Studies and Director of the Graduate Programme in Film Studies at University College London.
A silent cinema historian with particular interests in governance, citizenship, and the formation of disciplinary studies, he is the author of Policing Cinema: Movies and Censorship in Early Twentieth Century America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004), and co-editor of six volumes: The Silent Cinema Reader (London: Routledge, 2004), with Peter Kramer; Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2005), with Peter Stanfield and Esther Sonnet; Inventing Film Studies (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2008), with Haidee Wasson; Using Moving Image Archives (Scope E Book), with Nandana Bose; and Film and Empire and Film and the End of Empire (London: British Film Institute, 2011), both with Colin MacCabe.
Grieveson’s work has examined the correlative rise of cinema and the city in the early twentieth century; the regulatory discourses and practices that regulated cinema and its place in cities; and also the articulation of city space in particular in crime films and sociological discourse in the 1920s and 1930s. He is the co-director of The Film Studies Space at UCL, where he is running a project called ‘The Work of Film’ that seeks to address the ways cinema has been used in governmental practices to shape the conducts of populations.
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