School of the Arts Faculty
Assistant Professor (2008)
B.A. Stanford University, M.A. University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Banks' primary area of research is the American film and television industries, with a specific focus on creative and craft guilds and unions. Her current book project is a history of film and television writers and of the Writers Guild.
She is co-editor of Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries (Routledge, 2009)
Dr. Banks worked in programming at the American Cinematheque, and curated a film series for the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She has written for Television & New Media, Cinema Journal, Popular Communication, Flow, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television, as well as for the anthologies How to Watch TV (NYU Press, forthcoming), The Handbook of Television Studies (Sage, forthcoming), Teen Television (BFI, 2004), and Garb: A Reader on Fashion and Culture (Prentice Hall, 2007). Before arriving at Emerson, she spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor in USC's School of Cinematic Arts.