Emily Carman

Emily Carman is an assistant professor of Film Studies in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, where she teaches classes primarily on American cinema, film history, and stardom. She earned her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA in 2008. She is the author of Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System (2016) on University of Texas Press, which uncovers how female stars including Constance Bennett, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, among others, all challenged Hollywood’s patriarchal structure by freelancing and working independently in the film industry during the 1930s. Through extensive, original archival research, her book rethinks standard histories of Hollywood to recognize female stars as creative artists, sophisticated businesswomen, and active players in the then (as now) male-dominated film industry.  She is also co-editor of Hollywood and the Law (2015) published by BFI Press/Palgrave-Macmillian, which examines how the law influences and regulates the content and flow of Hollywood film and media. She has published articles in the journals Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Celebrity Studies, Cinephile, and The Moving Image. Prior to her appointment at Chapman, she worked for various motion picture archives and cultural institutions, including the Warner Bros. Archives of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where she was curator, responsible for the preservation of the collection and its public access for research, as well as the Academy Film Archive, and L 'Immagine Ritrovata at the Cineteca di Bologna, where she completed an internship in film restoration and preservation. In Spring 2016, she co-curated the film series "Independent Stardom Onscreen: Freelance Women in Hollywood" for the UCLA Film and Television Archive, which showcased various films made by the freelance actresses featured in her recent book.