We are thrilled to announce that Mary Ann Doane, a renowned scholar of film theory, feminist theory, and semiotics, will be joining U.C. Berkeley in July 2011 as the Class of 1937 Professor of Film and Media. She will start teaching film, media, and critical theory at Berkeley in Spring 2012, after a research semester at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany.

Professor Doane comes to Berkeley from Brown University, where she was George Hazard Crooker Professor of Modern Culture and Media. Doane played an instrumental role in building the Department of Modern Culture and Media, where she taught for more than three decades and served as Chair from 1996 to 1997 and 1998 to 2000. Doane also served on the Executive Board of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She has held visiting teaching positions at New York University and the University of Iowa. In 1994 she was Frederic Ives Carpenter Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, and in Spring 2005 she delivered the Christian Gauss Seminar Lectures at Princeton University.

Mary Ann Doane holds degrees from Cornell University (B.A. English, summa cum laude, 1974) and the University of Iowa (Ph.D. Speech and Dramatic Art, 1979). She is the author of The Desire to Desire: The Woman’s Film of the 1940s (Indiana University Press, 1987; translated into Japanese), Femmes Fatales: Feminism, Film Theory, Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 1991; translated into Italian), and The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive (Harvard University Press, 2002). Doane served as co-editor of Re-Vision: Essays in Feminist Film Criticism (1984) and of Camera Obscura, no. 20–21: “The Spectatrix” (1989), and as editor of differences, no. 18, Special Issue: “Indexicality: Trace and Sign” (2007).

Professor Doane was a member of the Executive Council for The Society for Cinema Studies from 1986 to 1989 and served on the Film Division of the Modern Language Association from 1993 to 1997. She is a member of the editorial board of Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies and an advisory editor for Camera Obscura and Parallax. In 1990–91, she was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Professor Doane works in the areas of film theory, feminist film studies, cultural theory, and semiotics, and has also written on photography, television, and digital media. She is currently writing a book on the use of the close-up in film practice and theory, and the way in which screen size and its corresponding scale have figured in the negotiation of the human body’s relation to space in modernity.  The Department of Film and Media is truly delighted to be welcoming Professor Mary Ann Doane to Berkeley!