Donna Kornhaber is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches film. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Department of American Studies. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. and B.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cinema Journal, Film History, and Camera Obscura, among numerous other journals and edited collections. She is the author of Charlie Chaplin, Director (Northwestern University Press, 2014), which received reviews in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and was named by The New Yorker as one of their “Books to Watch Out For” in March 2014. The book received the runner-up prize in the 2015 Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards from the University of Texas at Austin Co-Operative Society. Her next book, Wes Anderson, is forthcoming in fall 2017 as part of the Contemporary Film Directors series from the University of Illinois Press.
Dr. Kornhaber was recently named a 2016 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her project Women’s Work: The Female Screenwriter and the Development of Early American Film. She is a recipient of the 2016 University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor within the University of Texas system, as well as the Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship and the Josefina Paredes Endowed Teaching Award, both from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.
Donna is the official blogger of the 2012 Mellon School for Theater and Performance Research.