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Allyson Nadia Field

Associate Professor; Chair, Moving Image Archive Studies

About Allyson Nadia FieldAllyson Nadia Field is associate professor of Cinema & Media Studies and African American Studies. She serves as the chair of the Moving Image Archive Studies program and serves on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. Her primary research interest is in film history with a focus on race and ethnicity in American film, including non-theatrical film production, independent cinema and Hollywood. Her book Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film & The Possibility of Black Modernity was published in 2015 by Duke University Press.

Field is co-curator of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s L.A. Rebellion Preservation Project and co-organized a major film exhibition of L.A. Rebellion filmmakers, which ran from October-December 2011 at UCLA as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time (and has subsequently traveled internationally). With Jan-Christopher Horak and Jacqueline Stewart, she edited a book on the group entitled Emancipating the Image: The L.A. Rebellion of Black Filmmakers,” published in 2015 by University of California Press.

In 2007-2008, Field was a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

She received a masters degree in film and television studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University.