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J.D. Connor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Cinema & Media Studies


J.D. Connor is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies and received his PhD in from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining USC in 2016, he was on the Art History and Film & Media Studies faculties at Yale and the Visual & Environmental Studies and English faculties at Harvard. His research and teaching focus on the art and industry of contemporary Hollywood. He is the author of The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood, 1970–2010.

Other work has been published in journals such as Jump Cut, Media Industries, The Journal of Visual Culture, Media Fields, FlowTV, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His work has also appeared in edited volumes that include Reading Capitalist Realism, Film and the American Presidency, and the volumes on Directing and Art Direction and Production Design in the Behind the Silver Screen series. He is currently completing Hollywood Math and Aftermath: The Economic Image and the Digital Recession. He is also working on a history of tape recording, Archives of the Ambient, and studies of both world building and comedy networks. He is a founding member of Post•45 (, a collective of scholars of American literature and culture. At USC, he is an organizer of the Sound Studies Working Group.


“Independence and the Consent of the Governed: The Systems and Scales of Under the Skin,” Jump Cut, 57 (Fall 2016), special cluster on Under the Skin.

“Making Things Right: Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” Los Angeles Review of Books, Jan. 7, 2016,

 “The Sony Hack: Data and Decision in the Contemporary Studio,” Media Industries, 2:2 (Nov. 2015), 42–58,

“Boyz N Culver City: Columbia’s Lot,” Post45, May 15, 2015, special cluster on the ’90s, 25 years later,


The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood, 1970–2010 (Stanford University Press, 2015).