Amy Shore

Professor, Director of Cinema and Screen Studies


326 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

FALL 2020

or by appointment 

Amy Shore is Professor of Cinema & Screen Studies at SUNY Oswego. She helped launch the Cinema & Screen Studies program in 2007, and the program currently enrolls 140 full-time undergraduates who study cinema production, history and theory. Her scholarship on women and early cinema has been published in Camera Obscura, Reclaiming the Archive (Wayne State UP, 2010), Celebrity Cultures in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016) and other peer reviewed journals and collections. Her book-length study of films made by and about the woman suffrage movement, Suffrage and the Silver Screen, was published in 2014 by Peter Lang as part of their series on Framing Film: The History of Art of Cinema. Currently, she is writing a book on the work of early film star, screenwriter, director and producer Nell Shipman.


My research has focused on film and social movements, particularly in the eras of early and silent cinema (1895 to 1929).


  • Suffrage and the Silver Screen, New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2014. (Part of the Framing Film: The History of Art of Cinema series edited by Frank Beaver.)
  • “Rediscovering Nell Shipman for Canadian Cultural Heritage.” In Celebrity Cultures in Canada. Eds. Katja Lee and Lorraine York (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Forthcoming May 2016). See for catalog listing.
  • “Making More than a Spectacle of Themselves: Creating the Militant Suffragette in Votes for Women.” In Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History. Ed. Vicki Callahan (Wayne State University Press, 2010).
  • “The Difference a Letter Makes,” afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Culture, vol. 38, no. 1 (March/April 2010).
  • “Convergence Citizens: The New Media Literacy of Pre-School Television,” afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Culture, vol. 37, no. 2 (September/October 2009).
  • Shore, Amy and Joe Wilferth. “Signing Resistance: Big Tobacco in the Era of Social Marketing,” Enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture, 6.2 (June, 2009). (


  • “Little Data: Challenges and Strategies for Media Research in Contexts of Absence and Scarcity,” Workshop Chair, Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Atlanta, GA (Accepted for presentation, March-April, 2016).
  • “Labor or Commodity? The Case of Nell Shipman’s Animal Performers,” Women and the Silent Screen conference. Pittsburgh (September 2015).
  • “When Women Occupy Wall Street,” 2015 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, St Louis (April 2015).
  • “Strategic Fictions in Nell Shipman’s Autobiographies,” Doing Women’s Film and Television History conference, University of East Anglia (April 2014).
  • “Nell Shipman and the Nature of Cinema,” Women and the Silent Screen conference. Melbourne, Australia (October 2013).
  • “Suspicious Nostalgia & The Female Gaze in Works of Lynne Stopkewich,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, New Orleans, LA (March 2011).
  • “‘That’s What She Said’: Mapping Urban Economies through Gender and Sexuality in The Office,” Console-ing Passions, Santa Barbara, CA (April 2008).
  • “Modernizing Rural Reception: The State Fair and Early Cinema,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, Chicago, IL (March 2007).
  • “Reconsidering Jane Addams: Exhibitor, Critic, Star,” Women and the Silent Screen, Guadalajara, Mexico (June 2006).
  • “It’s not History, It’s HBO: Iron Jawed Angels and the Revisioned History of Suffrage for the Postfeminist Audience,” Console-ing Passions, Milwaukee, WI (March 2006).
  • “Scripted, Sculpted and Encrypted: Osama Bin Laden’s Body ‘Speaks’ Terror,” Visible Evidence. Montreal, Canada (August 2005).
  • “Heroine or Hysteric?: Suffrage and the Modern Melodramatic Imagination,” Screen Media and Sexual Politics Conference, Plymouth, NH (October 2004).
  • “Marketing the Feminist Global Citizen through Dora the Explorer,” Console-ing Passions, New Orleans, LA (May 2004).
  • “Suffrage Stars,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Minneapolis, MN (March 2003).
  • “Learning to See (Like) a Suffragist,” Women and the Silent Screen, University of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (November 2001).
  • “The Labor of Movement: Imag(in)ing the Militant Suffragette in the Women’s Political Unions’ Votes for Women,” Society for Cinema Studies Conference, Washington, DC (March 2001).

Awards and honors

  • Faculty International Travel grant, SUNY Oswego, October 2013
  • On Screen/In Person Film Series Host Site Award, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 2011-2012
  • Faculty Enrichment Program Award, Canadian Embassy, 2007-2008 (with Dr. Don Masterson)
  • Faculty Curriculum Innovation Grant, SUNY Oswego, 2007
  • Faculty International Travel grant, SUNY Oswego, summer 2007

Performances and exhibitions

Director, SUNYWide Film Festival (


Ph.D., Cinema Studies, New York University, 2003
Dissertation: “Suffrage and the Silver Screen” (Passed with Distinction)
Committee: Chris Straayer (chair), Anna McCarthy, Shelley Stamp, Susan Zaeske, William Simon
Fields of Concentration for Qualifying Exams: Documentary Studies; Media Theory; Gender, Sexuality and Representation

M.A., Cinema Studies, New York University, 1995
Special Programs: Studied under the Culture and Media Program, a joint program between the Anthropology and Cinema Studies departments that focuses on documentary production and analysis.

B.A., Honors, cum laude, Spanish Literature, University of Delaware, 1993

Classes taught


ENG 286/OY1



ENG 386/OY1



ENG 395/OY1 W 6:15-8:15 Online


CSS 496/OY1 MW 3:30-5:15 Online
ENG 286/OY1




ENG 388/OY1




CSS 496 SENIOR THESIS: The Senior Thesis seminar provides advanced CSS students with an opportunity to collectively reexamine the practical, theoretical, and historical bases of their screen education while at work on their particular, culminating projects. Participants explore recent scholarship on the state of the discipline and directions for research and creative work.

ENG 286 INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA & SCREEN STUDIES: The purpose of this course is to provide a critical introduction to the study of cinema and screen studies. The course is comprised of two sections: 1) film and formal analysis; 2) film and historical analysis. This course satisfies the Knowledge Foundations in the Humanities requirement of General Education, the Contexts category in the English Major and is the introductory course for the major in Cinema and Screen Studies.