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 (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 Cinemaand a board member of  Women Film History International Her books as author/editor/co-editor include Provenance and Early Cinema (2021), Germaine Dulac's What is Cinema? (2019), Global Cinema Networks (2018), Early Cinema and the Archives (2016), Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations (2014), and Performing New Media, 1895-1915 (2014). 
A historian of 20th-century European cinema, she has a passion for archival studies, film's relationship to the other arts, French film and culture, and the work of early and contemporary global women directors. She is a co-founder of the Media Ecology Project-Domitor-Library of Congress (MEP-D-­LOC) paper prints pilot, the SCMS Silent Cinema Cultures Scholarly Interest Group, and the UWM Film Studies Archive Preservation Project, as well as an advisor and PI for numerous SURF - Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows and the UWM Media Studies Research Collaboratory.