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Christine A. Acham

Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts
Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Cinema & Media Studies


Christine Acham received her PhD in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC she was an Associate Professor at the University of California-Davis where she taught African American film, television and popular culture, documentary history and production in both the US and Trinidad and Tobago. She is the author Revolution Televised: Prime Time and the Struggle for Black Power, (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and several articles on African American film, television documentary and web series.  She also co-directed and edited the award winning documentary Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat by the Door (2011) which has screened at over 20 national and international film festivals and universities.  She is currently a member of the editorial board of the journal Film Quarterly.

Recent Articles

“Cosby Show” How to Watch Television, New York: New York University Press, (2013)

“Blacks in the Future: Braving the Frontier of the Web Series,”Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, (2012.)

“We Shall Overcome: Preserving History and Memory in Spike Lee’s 4 Little Girls,” The Spike Lee Reader.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press. (2008)

“I’m Rich Bitch!: Comedy of Chappelle’s Show,” Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting. New York: NYU Press. (2007.)

Books Written:

Revolution Televised: Prime Time and the Struggle for Black Power (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)