Melanie Williams is a film historian specialising in the study of British cinema with a particular emphasis on issues of gender. This specialism began with her PhD at the University of Hull on representations of women in the 1950s films of director J. Lee Thompson, awarded in 2003. She worked at the University of Hull for several years and played a key role in setting up their Film Studies degree programmes before moving to UEA’s School of Film and Television Studies in 2009. Having held the position of School Director of Postgraduate Research from 2009 to 2012, she was then Head of the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies within the School of Art, Media and American Studies from 2014-2016, Athena Swan Gender Equality Lead, and currently Research Director for UEA's Interdisciplinary Insititute for the Humanities.
Key publications include the edited collections British Women's Cinema (Routledge, 2009), Ealing Revisited (BFI Palgrave, 2012), Mamma Mia! The Movie: Perspectives on a Film Phenomenon (I.B. Tauris, 2013) and Shane Meadows: Critical Essays (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). Her book 'Female Stars of British Cinema' was published in 2017 with EUP, and her book on director David Lean, originally published with Manchester University Press in 2014, was reissued in paperback the same year. She was co-investigator on the AHRC-funded project 'Transformation and Tradition in British Cinema of the 1960s', which resulted in the co-authored book Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema (EUP, 2019) and the edited collection Sixties British Cinema Reconsidered (EUP, 2020). She is also co-editor of the Journal of British Cinema and Television.
Modules for which she taken responsibility include ‘Analysing Film and Television’, ‘Studies in Film History’, ‘Film Theory’, ‘Film and Authorship’, ‘Chick Flicks: Women and Hollywood Storytelling’, ‘The Past in British Film and TV’, ‘Gender and British Cinema’, and 'The Hollywood Studio System'. She has also successfully supervised numerous PhDs.


Lecturer; Univesity of East Anglia (2009 - )

Lecturer; University of Hull (2001-2009)

PhD Film Studies; University of Hull (2003)

BA English Literature; University of Hull (1996)

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