Karen Beckman is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media in the department of the History of Art. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke UP, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. She is co-editor of two volumes: Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography with Jean Ma (Duke UP, September 2008) and On Writing With Photography (forthcoming, Minnesota UP) with Liliane Weissberg, and is currently editing a book entitled Animating Film Theory, which explores the marginalization of animation in film theoretical discussions. She has published articles on a range of subjects, including feminism and terrorism, death penalty photography, the animated documentary, and the relationship between cinema and contemporary art. She is a senior editor of the journal Grey Room. Courses taught include: Introduction to Film Theory (CINE 103), Film Theory (ARTH 593), Cinema and Photography (ARTH 793; CINE 392), Race, Sex and Gender in Early Cinema (ARTH 793), Women and Film (CINE 208), FIlm History (CINE 101), The Road Movie (ARTH 291), Paul Strand (ARTH 301), and The Art of Animation (ARTH 793). She is a member of graduate groups in the departments of German and English, and a faculty affiliate of the LGBT center.