Tami Williams

Associate Professor


PhD, University of California-Los Angeles, Film and Television
MA, University of California-Los Angeles, Film and Television
BA, University of California-Santa Barbara, Film Studies

Areas of Research and Teaching

Archive Studies
Silent Cinema
Classical Film Theory
Global Women Directors
National Cinemas (Europe, Asia, Middle East)
Film and the Other Arts (music, dance, theater, painting)
Cinema and Digital Culture

Recent Publications

Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations.. Series: Women and Film History International. University of Illinois Press, 2014. 296 pages.

Germaine Dulac’s Qu’est-ce que le cinema? /What is Cinema ? ed. Clément Lafite and Tami Williams. Paris: Light Cone, 2019. Award: 2020 Prix du livre du Centre Nationale du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNCIA).

Edited Volumes
Provenance and Early Cinema. Co-editor with Joanne Bernardi, Paolo Cherchi Usai and Joshua Yumibe. University of Indiana Press, 2021.

Global Cinema Networks. Co-editor with Elena Gorfinkel. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2018.

Early Cinema and the Archives. 16.1.1 The Moving Image, University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Performing New Media, 1890-1915. Co-editor with Askari, Kaveh, Curtis, Scott, and Gray, Frank, eds. John Libbey Press, 2014.

Germaine Dulac, au-delà des impressions. Special issue of 1895. Paris: Association française de recherche sur l’histoire du cinema, 2006.

“Provenance and Early Cinema: From Preserving and Collecting to Circulation and Repurposing” (Introduction) Co-authored with Joanne Bernardi, Paolo Cherchi Usai, and Joshua Yumibe. Provenance and Early Cinema. Indiana University Press, February 2021, p. 3-20

“Dulac’s Écrits (Foreword)” Writings on Cinema: Germaine Dulac (1919-1937). 2nd edition. Paris, France. Paris expérimental Eyewash Books Collection, 2021, p. 15-17.

“Germaine Dulac’s ‘What is Cinema?’ A Rediscovery and Reconstruction.”/ “Qu’est-ce que le cinéma ?” de Germaine Dulac : Redécouverte et reconstruction.’ Co-authored with Clément Lafite. Germaine Dulac’s Qu’est-ce que le cinema? /What is Cinema? Paris: Éditions Light Cone, September 2019.

“24 Frames: Regarding the Past and Future of Global Cinema.” (Epilogue) Global Cinema Networks. eds. Elena Gorfinkel and Tami Williams. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, July 2018. p. 244-250.

“Early Cinema and the Archives,” (Guest Editor’s Foreword.) The Moving Image, 16.1, special issue. Spring 2016. Early Cinema and the Archives. ed. Tami Williams. University of Minnesota Press, 2016. p. ix-xv.

“The ‘Silent’  Arts: Modern Pantomime and the Making of an Art Cinema in Belle Époque Paris.” A Companion to Early Cinema. ed. André Gaudreault, Nicolas Dulac, Santiago Hidalgo. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. p. 99-118.

“Toward the Development of a Modern 'Impressionist' Cinema: Germaine Dulac's La Belle Dams sans merci (1921) and the Deconstruction of the Femme Fatale Archetype.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media. v. 51, n. 2. Fall 2010. p. 404-419.

Catalogue Essays
“Germaine Dulac: Sensations Cinégraphiques à la Maison des Rêves.” Program text and catalogue notes. Germaine Dulac: Retrospective 16-30 juin. Cinémathèque française. Paris, 2022. p. 48--55.

“La Belle Dame sans merci.” Il Cinema Ritrovato. XXXIV edizione/ ed. Cineteca del Commune di Bologna, Italy, 2020. n.p.

“Profession: Director, Producer, Writer (Female): Âmes de Fous.” Il Cinema Ritrovato. XXXII edizione. ed. Cineteca del Commune di Bologna, Italy, July 2018. p. 57-58.

“La Souriante Madame Beudet. La Coquille et le Clergyman. Étude cinégraphique sur une arabesque.” Program and catalogue notes. 2nd Annual Silent Cinema Days. Istanbul, Turkey, December 2015. p. 32-37.

“Germaine Dulac, A Cinema of Sensations.” Il Cinema Ritrovato. XXVIII edizione/ ed. Cineteca del Commune di Bologna, Italy, 2014. p. 193-201.


Tami M. Williams (Ph.D., UCLA) is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, President of Domitor International Society for the Study of Early Cinema, and a board member of  Women Film History International. A 20th-century European, and French cinema specialist, she has a passion for silent film, archival studies, women directors, global cinema networks, and cinema’s relation to the other arts, as well as digital culture. She is a co-founder of Media Ecology Project-Domitor-Library of Congress (MEP-D-­LOC) paper prints pilot, SCMS Silent Cinema Cultures Scholarly Interest Group, and UWM Film Studies Archive Preservation Project, and a PI for the Center for 21st Century Studies, Teaching Media Archives CollaboratorySURF - Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows and the UWM Media Studies Research Collaboratory.