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Michelle Stewart

Associate Professor of Cinema Studies

Michelle Stewart is an associate professor of cinema studies whose current research concerns migrant cinema in Europe, with an emphasis on international film festivals and the international distribution of film. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service), and the Canadian Embassy. She is the co-editor, with Pam Wilson, of Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Practices, and Politics (Duke University Press, 2008).

Stewart served as the inaugural chair of the School of Film and Media Studies at Purchase College from July 2010 through the 2014–15 academic year. She was named Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor for 2009–11, an honor that accompanies a competitive two-year senior faculty research award.


Stewart, Michelle, and Jason Harle. Review article: “Re:Imagining Change, by Patrick Reinsborough & Doyle Canning.” DarkMatter, 2011.

Stewart, Michelle. “Cree Hunters of Mistassini.” Challenge for Change/Société Nouvelle: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board. Michael Brendan Baker, Thomas Waugh, and Ezra Winton, eds. Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2010.

Stewart, Michelle, and Tom Roach. “Teaching Homo-Economicus.” Academic Exchange Quarterly. 14.2 (2010).

Stewart, Michelle, and Pamela Wilson. Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Practices, and Politics. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008.

Stewart, Michelle. “Abderrahmane Sissako: Les Lieux Provisoires of Transnational Cinema.” Film, History, and Cultural Citizenship. Chen, Tina and David Churchill, eds. New York: Routledge, 2007.

“The Indian Film Crews of Challenge for Change: Representation and the State.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies. 16.2 (2007): 49-81.

Stewart, Michelle. “L’Esquive and the Art of Indirection: Cinéma de banlieue in the New Republic.” Journal of Social and Ecological Boundaries. Fall 2007. Special Issue on the Integration of Muslims in Germany and France (2007).