The Catholic University of America

Jennifer Horne, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies

Where are you from?

I was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia.

Educational background

B.A. in English Literature from Syracuse University; M.A. and Ph.D. from the Program in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society at the University of Minnesota



Your discipline/research and accomplishments

My discipline is Media Studies. I am a film historian by training,
specializing in early and silent-era film, film preservation, and the study of
film exhibition. My current research examines the role that film played in
civic education and citizenship campaigns in the United States in the 1920s.
Last year I received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
for work on my book manuscript on this topic. I have been honored to have been
invited to be a member of the National Film Preservation Board and have served
on the board for several years, working to recognize films through the
National Film Registry. I've also been very active in an international network
of women scholars who study the history of women in film and have recently
been co-executive secretary of "Women and Film History International," helping
to get that organization off the ground.

Obstacles to overcome along the way?

The study of women in film is still an overlooked and neglected area.

Mentors/Role models who encouraged you

The professors who most influenced and encouraged me were in fields other than
the one I'm in now: a Miltonist, an architectural historian, a musicologist.
They modeled for me the life of the mind and taught me the value of
intellectual curiosity.

What do you do for fun in leisure time?

Museumgoing and theatergoing. The New York Times' crossword puzzles. Swimming,
biking, running, and yoga. Korean cooking is a new interest of mine.