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Ellen Scott

Ellen Scott

Assistant Professor

PhD, Program in American Culture, University of Michigan, 2007
BA, Department History and Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania, 2000


Prof. Scott's areas of specialization include media history, African American cultural history, film and media theory, American film history, sound theory, the history of censorship, and cultural studies. Her research focuses on the cultural meanings and reverberations of film in African American communities and, more broadly, the relationship of media to the struggle for racial justice and equality.


African Americans in Television and Film

Race and Ethnicity in American Media

Media Censorship

Media Criticism

The Peopling of New York

The History of Broadcasting

Cinema Civil Rights

Grants and Awards:

Prof. Scott was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow during her time at the University of Pennsylvania and Ford Foundation Fellow during her time at the University of Michigan.  From 2007 to 2009 she was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Cinema Studies. In 2013, she was recipient of the Mellon Career Enhancement Fellowship.  She has received research support from the PSC-CUNY Research Foundation and a Research Enhancement Grant from the Dean of Arts and Humanities.


Prof. Scott serves on the Undergraduate Studies Committee and will chair this committee in 2014-2015. She is also a standing selection committee member and mentor for Queens College's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. She has also served as the co-chair of the Black Caucus of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2007-08).

Selected Publications:

Cinema Civil Rights Rutgers University Press (forthcoming in January of 2014)

"More than a Passing Sophistication: Dress, Film Regulation and the Color Line in 1930s Cinema," Women Studies Quarterly 41:1 Spring/Summer 2013, 60-86.

"'We Proudly Present …the Picture They Didn't Want You to See!': Black Film Advertisements, 1946-1960," Black Camera 5:1 Fall 2013, 5-33.

"Sounding Black: Cultural Identification, Sound, and the Films of Spike Lee," in J. D. Hamlet and R. M. Coleman, editors, Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader (Peter Lang, 2008).


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