Academic Affairs

Kristi McKim, Ph.D.

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Kristi McKim, Ph.D.

Professor of English–Film and Media Studies


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  (2011) and  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,  and  Film-Philosophy.  A member of  Film Matters  Advisory Board and co-editor of  The Cine-Files  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. 

Academic Background

  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2005

‘Film Matters’ Partners with Hendrix College, Names Dr. Kristi McKim Online Editor

Hendrix students to gain publishing and project management skills through partnership

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Film Studies Professor Receives Exemplary Teacher Award

Dr. Kristi McKim honored by General Board of Higher Education and Ministry

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