Jennifer Ruth


Jennifer Ruth moved from the Department of English to the School of Film in 2015. She teaches core courses in film history, theory and interpretation as well as topics courses on the cinemas of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Eastern Europe and Russia. She occasionally teaches the video essay and recently made this one on Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1991) for Scholar Strike 2020. Her most recent article on film is "What Would Siegfried Kracauer Say about Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals?" in Senses of Cinema. She also publishes in the field of critical higher education studies. She wrote, with Michael Bérubé, The Humanities, Higher Education, and Academic Freedom: Three Necessary Arguments (2015). Her new book project, also with Bérubé, examines how academic freedom must be reconceived for the twenty-first century. It will be published with Johns Hopkins University Press in 2021.

  • BA, 1991
    Swarthmore College
  • PhD, 1999
    Brown University