Kristi McKim is Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Hendrix, where she was awarded the Charles S. and Lucile Esmon Shivley Odyssey Professorship, honored as the 2014-15 United Methodist Exemplary Professor, and nominated for the CASE U.S. Professors of the Year Award. Studying global ecocinema through a phenomenological approach, she explores the ways that cinema can enrich our perception by correlating our experience of time (through clocks, calendars, bodies, histories, maternity, mortality) with environmental changes (as weather, seasons, climate change) and human emotion (as hope, desire, love, mourning, nostalgia). She has published the books
Love in the Time of Cinema
Cinema as Weather: Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change
(2013). Her essays range from the scholarly to the personal, in journals such as
Camera Obscura, Studies in French Cinema, Senses of Cinema, Bennington Review, New England Review, Bright Lights Film Review, Film International,
A member of
Advisory Board and co-editor of
special edition on "Teaching Film," she writes about how film experience and film teaching, over time, graft new meaning onto an art itself defined by change. Emerging from a fascination with trees, her current research explores film's potential as a site of and inspiration for natural history.