Colleen Kennedy-Karpat teaches film and media studies in the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University, where she also directs the MA program in Media and Visual Studies. Her research focuses on national and transnational film cultures, genre, stardom, and adaptation in France and Hollywood. She completed her PhD in French at Rutgers University in 2011.
Dr. Kennedy-Karpat’s most recent book, Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige (Palgrave 2017), co-edited with Eric Sandberg (City University of Hong Kong), explores the intersection of adaptation and discourses of prestige in the culture industries. Her monograph Rogues, Romance, and Exoticism in French Cinema of the 1930s (Fairleigh Dickinson 2013) won the Northeast Modern Language Association Book Award. Other publications include essays on stardom and performance in the biopic (forthcoming); on Bill Murray and Wes Anderson; on Marjane Satrapi and self-adaptation; on the miniseries Generation Kill and representing warfare (with Magdalena Yüksel); on French stars Viviane Romance and Charles Vanel; and on the 1934 film Itto.
Currently, Dr. Kennedy-Karpat is developing a number of projects related to nostalgia in cinema and other media, and a book project on right-wing cinema in 1930s France.