James Donald

Professor James Donald

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Corresponding Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2006


James Donald was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at University of New South Wales (UNSW) from 2007-15, having been appointed Professor of Film Studies in 2003. He was previously Professor of Media at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, and before that, in England, he worked in the School of Education at the Open University and helped to establish Media Studies at the University of Sussex. In the late 1970s, James Donald was editor of the journal ‘Screen Education’, and went on to found ‘New Formations’. He has published three monographs: ‘Sentimental Education: Schooling, Popular Culture and the Regulation of Liberty’ (1992), ‘Imagining the Modern City’ (1999) and ‘Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics and Modernist Culture’ (2015). He co-authored the ‘Penguin Atlas of Media and Information’ and has edited over a dozen books on cinema, the media, education, and cultural and social theory, as well as contributing to a variety of books and journals. He is a graduate of Oxford University (BA Hons in English), Goldsmiths’ College, London (MSC in Education) and the Open University (PHD in Sociology).

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