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Jonathan L. Knapp (he/him/his) is completing his PhD in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. His dissertation examines location scouting and location management practices for feature films, with an emphasis on mid- to late-twentieth century American cinema. His current research focuses broadly on the relationship between media and the environment, and he has ongoing interests in experimental cinema, landscape history and theory, media theory, posthumanism, and the representation of violence. He has written a book, along with Aaron Kerner, entitled Extreme Cinema: Affective Strategies in Transnational Media (Edinburgh UP, 2016). Jonathan holds a BA in English from Bowdoin College, in Maine, and an MA in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University. A native Marylander, he lived for about a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area, working for various film festivals, and in the film curatorial departments of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley.



B.A., Bowdoin College
M.A., San Francisco State University
Ph.D., Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

  • Aesthetics
  • Cinema Studies
  • Energy & Environment
  • Experimental Film
  • Film
  • Hollywood
  • Humanities & Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies