Amanda Klein

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Amanda Ann Klein teaches courses in film and television history, theory, and aesthetics. Her primary research and teaching interests include film history and historiography, film genres and genre theory, exploitation films, reality television and television studies, and subcultural studies.


  • B.A. Cornell University
  • M.A. University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

  • Film History and Theory
  • Reality Television
  • Cult Cinema
  • Genre Theory and History
  • Cultural Studies

Courses Taught

  • FILM 5350: Special Topics in Film: History of African American Cinema
  • FILM 4985/6940: Capstone: The American Film Musical
  • FILM 4985: Capstone: Film Genres, Then and Now
  • FILM 4985: Capstone: Reality TV, Fake News & Media Literacy in the 21st Century
  • FILM 4980: Topics in Film Aesthetics: Trash Cinema and Taste
  • FILM 4920: Cinematic Identities: Women, Identity and Difference in American Cinema
  • FILM 4910: Survey of Film Styles and Movements: Introduction to Reality Television
  • FILM 4910: Survey of Film Styles and Movements: Teenpics & American Youth Culture
  • FILM 3920: Film Theory and Criticism
  • FILM 3901: American and International Film History, Part II: History of Film from World War II to the Present
  • FILM 3900: American and International Film History, Part I: History of Film from 1895 to World War II
  • FILM 2900: Introduction to Film Studies
  • ENGL1500: Understanding Fear: The American Horror Film

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • 2021. Millennials Killed the Video Star: MTV’s Transition to Reality Programming. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2020. “Teaching Fake News and Resisting the Privilege of Forgetting,” Fake News: Understanding Media and Misinformation in the Digital Age. Eds. Melissa Zimdars and Kembrew McLeod. (MIT Press, 2020)
  • 2020. “Grown Woman Shit: A Case for Magic Mike XXL as Cult Text Cult Film Companion. Eds. Ernest Mathijs and Jamie Sexton. (Routledge, 2020)
  • 2016. Cycles, Sequels, Spin-offs, Remakes and Reboots: Multiplicities in Film & Television. Co-edited with R. Barton Palmer. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • 2015. “Thirty Seasons of The Real World.” The New Yorker.
  • 2015. “Consider the Catfish.” The New Yorker.
  • 2011. American Film Cycles: Reframing Genres, Screening Social Problems, and Defining Subcultures. Austin: University of Texas Press.


  • 2019-2020. The Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award Winner, East Carolina University
  • 2017-2018. Chancellor’s Centennial Award for Excellence in Ambition Winner, East Carolina University.
  • 2016-2017. 5-Year Research and Creative Activity Award Winner, East Carolina University.