Janna Jones, PhD

Janna Jones Professor
Northern Arizona University
Electronic Media & Film
Blg COM 16 Rm #339
Phone: 928-523-3596

Research and teaching interests

My research is centered at the intersection of Cultural studies and Film studies. My primary research interest is making sense of and interpreting the ways that contemporary culture constructs the cinematic past.  My three current areas of investigation  are the study of the film archive b) the study of amateur and home movies c) the study of cinema going (the sociability, rituals and habits of film watching). 

My teaching interests focus upon helping my students reshape and reconsider many of their long-standing assumptions about their media worlds. I aim to help my students interrogate their media environments by stressing critical, innovative, diverse and global perspectives. 

Courses offered


History of Film, Radio and TV
Communication Theory
Race, Gender and Media


Critical Television Studies
Documentary Film and Social Change

Representative research and creative activity

  • The Past is a Moving Picture: Preserving the Twentieth Century on Film (University Press of Florida, 2012)
  • "The VHS Generation and their Movie Experiences," Watching Films: New Perspectives on Movie-Going, Exhibition and Reception, eds. Karina Aveyard and Albert Moran (Intellect Books, 2012) 
  • "When the Movie Started, We All Got Along: Generation X Remembers Movie Night," Media International Australia, no. 139, May 2011, pp. 96-102.
  • Amateur Film and the Rural Imagination,” Cinematic Countrysides, ed. Robert Fish (Manchester, UK:  Manchester University Press, 2007)  [with Mark Neumann] 
  • The Southern Movie Palace : Rise, Fall, and Resurrection , (University Press of Florida, 2003)

Links of interest

Northeast Historic Film
The Library of Congress American Memory
Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Way Back Machine 


PhD, Communication, University of South Florida, 1998