Based at Maynooth University in Ireland, Aaron Hunter is a postdoctoral research fellow sponsored by the Irish Research Council. The subject of my research is the Women of New Hollywood. It’s a two-year fellowship which began on 1 October 2016.
This blog is a component of that project. Here I will post updates on my research, thoughts about the state of women in Hollywood and other film industries – both during the 1970s, but also during other eras. There will also be video essays, links to other research and research opportunities, highlights of other scholars working in the field, and whatever else might seem relevant to the project – however tangential!
I received my PhD in film studies from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 2013. I teach or have taught courses on Hollywood history, Hollywood in the 1970s, screenwriting, introduction to film, and visual studies.
Before going for my PhD, I received an MA in English Literature from the University of Maine and a BA in English Literature from Bates College. Before coming to Maynooth, I taught in English, American Studies, and Film Studies departments at the University of Maine, the University of Southern Maine, Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and Queen’s University, Belfast.
My first monograph, Authoring Hal Ashby: The Myth of the New Hollywood Auteur was published in August 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic. I have published articles and reviews at The Journal of Film and Video, Alphaville, and Scope.