E. Ann Kaplan

Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory

Stony Brook, State University of New York

Founding Director

The Humanities Institute, Stony Brook, State University of New York

E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory, and founding director of The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, now nearing its 25th Anniversary. She is Past President of The Society for Cinema and Media Studies, a member of the Executive Modern Language Association’s Discussion Group on Age Studies, and on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Consumption, Markets, Culture and Humanities Research (The Journal published by the Humanities Institute at Australian National University, Canberra). Kaplan is the recipient of many awards, including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Creativity (2001), the Stony Brook Faculty Achievement Award (2004), the Distinguished Alumnae Award, Rutgers University (2005), the Distinguished Career Award, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2009). In 2012 she received an Honorary Degree from Josai International University, Tokyo, Japan.

Kaplan's research interests have long included Women’s and Gender Studies, Feminist Film Theory, Film Noir, Postmodernism and Post-colonialism in film and media, Popular Culture, World Cinema. Most recently, her research has focused on Trauma Studies and Age Studies. Over the years,  she has published eight monographs, edited or co-edited fifteen anthologies, and published more than forty articles in refereed journals or anthologies. Her books have been translated into seven languages, and she has lectured all over the world.

Kaplan's pioneering research on women in film continues to be in print and influential in the United States and abroad. Looking for the Other: Feminism, Film and the Imperial Gaze dealing with race and ethnicity in film was published in 1997. Feminism and Film (2000), an edited collection, brings together major feminist film theories from 1980 to 2000. Her more recent research focuses on trauma as evident in Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (co-edited with Ban Wang in 2004), and her 2005 monograph, Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005).

Kaplan's other books include Future-Tense Trauma: Dystopian Imaginaries on Screen and The Unconscious of Age: Screening Older Women. Essays anticipating both books were published in 2010 and 2011, or are presently in press.