Erica Stein

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts
  • Professor Erica Stein
    Professor Erica Stein

Erica Stein teaches film and television studies. Her classes cover topics such as film and television aesthetics, theory, industry, history, and criticism in both American and global contexts. Her research focuses on the intersections of narrative and urban space and her work has appeared in such venues as Journal of Film and Video, Mediascape, and Journal of Urban Cultural Studies. She is currently the co-chair of the Urban Studies Group at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Her interests include both avant-garde film and classical genres. Currently she is working on a project that traces the connections between real estate and crime in fiction film and television.



Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts


Communication and Media Arts





B.A. Cornell University

M.A./Ph.D. University of Iowa

Recent Work

Recent Publications:

“The Worst Tourists in the World: Gangsters, Heterotopia, and Global Networks In Bruges.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.4 (Winter 2014).

“Abstract Space, Microcosmic Narrative, and the Disavowal of Modernity in Berlin: Symphony of a Great City.” Journal of Film and Video 65.4 (Winter 2013).

 “The Road to Heaven Twists: The City, the Usable Past, and Experiential Space.” Media Fields Journal 3: Documentary and Space, Fall 2011.

Recent Presentations: 

Chair and Presenter, “Real Estate as Crime,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Seattle, March 2014 

“The City Is a Liar: Impossible Maps and Postmodern New York in The Cool World,” Cinematic Urban Geographies, Cambridge UK, October 2013

“Women in the Archives: New Day Films and the Museum of Modern Art,” Visible Evidence XX, Stockholm, August 2013


Courses Taught:

Survey of Film and Video

Special Topics: American Television Industry

Film History

Special Topics: Quality Television

Contemporary World Cinema

Media Criticism


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