Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry


Prof Lee Grieveson

Prof Lee Grieveson


Foster Court


  • Professor of Media History
    Dept of English Lang & Literature
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Grieveson works on cinema/media and political economy, and his book Cinema and the Wealth of Nations: Media, Capital, and the Liberal World System is forthcoming with the University of California Press. The book examines the way cinema was utilized by states and corporations to facilitate the establishment of a transnational liberal political economy in the interwar years of the twentieth century. It has been supported by Fellowships from the Leverhulme Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Grieveson was co-principal investigator, with Colin MacCabe, of a major UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project entitled "Colonial Cinema: Moving Images of the British Empire," a project which both aimed to digitally archive British colonial cinema spanning the twentieth- century and to organize scholarly gatherings to investigate these materials. The details of this can be seen at www.colonialfilm.org.uk.
Grieveson is author of Policing Cinema: Movies and Censorship in Early Twentieth Century America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004, a finalist in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award in 2005), and co-editor of seven 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, 2010), with Nandana Bose; Empire and Film (London: British Film Institute, 2011), with Colin MacCabe; Film and the End of Empire (London: BFI, 2011), also with Colin MacCabe; and Cinema’s Military Industrial Complex (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018), with Haidee Wasson.He is the author of numerous essays on aspects of cinema and media history, including “Fighting films: race, morality, and the governing of cinema” (Cinema Journal, 38:1 (Fall 1998)), which was awarded the Society for Cinema Studies Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award in 1999 for outstanding essay in English language media studies; and “The Work of Film in the Age of Fordist Mechanization” (Cinema Journal, 51: 3 (Spring 2012), 25-51), which was the winner of the British Association of Film and Television Studies best article in a refereed journal award in 2013. Grieveson is on the editorial boards of Cinema Journal, Screen, Film Studies, and the British Film Institute Film Classics series; he is co-editor, with Haidee Wasson, of the Cultural Histories of Cinema book series with the British Film Institute.
Award year Qualification Institution
BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
English Literature
University of Sussex
Master of Arts
Film studies
University of East Anglia
Doctor of Philosophy
Film studies
University of Kent

Lee Grieveson is Professor of Media History at University College London. He has taught previously at the University of Exeter, at King’s College, London, and as a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard University.

Office Hours

Professor Grieveson is on sabbatical in term 1. Office hours for term 2 tbc.