Dr Ana Salzberg

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies | Programme Director of MSc Film Studies

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Dr Ana Salzberg is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee and has also taught at the University of Stirling.


PhD in Film Studies, University of Edinburgh

MSc in Film Studies, University of Edinburgh

BA in Comparative Literature, Bryn Mawr College

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Dr Salzberg welcomes PhD applications in any area of film theory, film history, star studies and producer studies.

Research summary

Dr Ana Salzberg’s research focuses primarily on classical Hollywood, exploring the intersection between film theory and film history. Her first book, Beyond the Looking Glass: Narcissism and Female Stardom in Studio-Era Hollywood (Berghahn Books, 2014), traced the relationship between embodied experience and idealised image. Dr Salzberg’s second book, Produced by Irving Thalberg: Theory of Studio-Era Filmmaking (Edinburgh University Press, 2020), re-evaluated the legacy of this legendary figure to argue for Thalberg’s significance as not only a producer but also a theorist of narrative cinema.

A second strand of Dr Salzberg’s research is the long-standing knowledge exchange project “Care Home as Cinematic Community.” This is the first project in the UK to explore the benefits of film screenings for care home residents and staff. In partnership with the Scottish Care Inspectorate (the scrutiny body that regulates the quality of social care) and regional care homes, the research team has published a resource outlining best-practice principles for using film in care.

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