Williams, Tami

Associate Professor


Ph.D., 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

Williams, Tami M., ed. Early Cinema and the Archives. 16.1.1 The Moving Image, 2016.
Williams, Tami M. Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations. University of Illinois Press, 2014.
Williams, Tami M., Askari, Kaveh, Curtis, Scott, and Gray, Frank, eds. Performing New Media, 1890-1915. John Libbey Press, 2014.
Williams, Tami M. “The 'Silent Arts': Modern Pantomime and the Making of an Art Cinema in Belle Époque Paris.” A Companion to Early Cinema. Ed. Gaudreault, André, Dulac, Nicolas, and Hidalgo, Santiago. Wiley-Blackwell, (2012): 99-118.
Williams, Tami M. “Towards a New ‘Silent’ Cinema: 1920s French Impressionist Film and its Global Legacy.” Global Currents: A bi-annual bulletin by the Center for International Education., Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 8.1 Ed. Petro, Patrice. (2011): p. 14-15.
Williams, Tami M. “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 51.2 (2010): 404-419.


Tami M. Williams (PhD, UCLA) is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and President of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema. Her books as author/editor/co-editor include Provenance and Early Cinema (2021), 2020 CNC Prix du Livre de Cinéma recipient Germaine Dulac's What is Cinema? (2019), Global Cinema Networks (2018), The Moving Image special issue, 16.1: Early Cinema and the Archives (2016), Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations (2014), and Performing New Media, 1895-1915 (2014). She has a passion for early cinema and the archive, and the diverse intersections of wordlessness, gesture, and symbolist aesthetics in the performance arts, French cinematic impressionism, and the films of global women directors. She is a founding coordinator of the paper prints pilot Media Ecology Project-Domitor-Library of Congress (MEP-D-­LOC), SCMS Silent Cinema Cultures Scholarly Interest Group, and UWM Film Studies Archive Preservation Project, a PI for the UWM Media Studies Research Collaboratory, and a board member of Women Film History International.