Michael Curtin is a Visiting Scholar for the Framing the Global project. He is the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also co-director of the Media Industries Project at the Carsey-Wolf Center. His books include Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience: The Globalization of Chinese Film and TV and Reorienting Global Communication: Indian and Chinese Media Beyond Borders. He is co-editor of the Chinese Journal of Communication and the International Screen Industries book series of the British Film Institute.
Curtin has held faculty or research appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Academia Sinica, and the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. At UW he was director of Global Studies and at IU he was director of Cultural Studies. Before entering academia, Curtin was Tokyo correspondent for National Public Radio and his journalism career included stints with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Pacifica Radio, and Wisconsin Public Television.
Curtin’s journalistic background informs Redeeming the Wasteland: Television Documentary and Cold War Politics, a critical history of the dramatic expansion of international news during the early 1960s. Shifting to a contemporary context, he then conducted fieldwork on the globalization of Chinese film and television at the turn of the century, published as Playing to the World’s Biggest Audience. His current book project, Media Capital, compares cities that have become centers of global film and television, such as Bombay, Lagos, and Miami. Curtin has also published books on US media, including Making and Selling Culture, The American Television Industry, and Distribution Revolution: Screen Media in the Digital Era.