Professor Michael Williams

Professor Michael Williams

Professor of Film

Research interests

  • Star Studies
  • Classical Reception Studies
  • Silent Cinema

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Michael Williams is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Southampton and teaches at all levels of Film’s undergraduate, MA and PhD programmes. His research focuses on stardom, silent cinema, as well as the representation of the past, including the intersections of Film Studies and Classical Reception Studies in popular uses of ancient Greece and Rome. He has a particular interest in the reception of stars in the silent era and the use of film fan-magazines in research and in the construction of masculinity and queer identity. Michael is a member of the University’s PULSE LGBTQ+ Staff Network committee.