Colin Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Film and Screen Studies at Pace University. He received his PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Harvard University. His research focuses primarily on aesthetics and visual education in the proto- and early-cinema periods. He is the author of Hidden in Plain Sight: An Archaeology of Magic and the Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and has published articles in Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Leonardo, and The Moving Image.
Areas of Interest: Nineteenth-century visual culture, proto-cinema, American film history, animation, the history of science and technology, film aesthetics, and visual education.