Colleen Kennedy-Karpat teaches film and media studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University. She studies French cinema history, national and transnational film cultures, adaptation, and stardom in France and Hollywood. She completed her Ph.D. in French at Rutgers in 2011.
Dr. Kennedy-Karpat’s most recent book, Adaptation, Awards Culture, and the Value of Prestige (2017), co-edited by Eric Sandberg (City University of Hong Kong), was published as part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture series. Her contributed chapter to this collection explores Quentin Tarantino’s screenwriting work and his penchant for textual bricolage. Her monograph Rogues, Romance, and Exoticism in French Cinema of the 1930s (2013) won the Northeast Modern Language Association Book Award and appeared in paperback in 2015. Other publications include essays 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 research examining French cinema and right-leaning politics during the 1920s and 1930s as well as a study of cinematic nostalgia as seen in The Artist (dir. Michel Hazanavicius, 2011) among other French films.