Lea Jacobs


Lea Jacobs is Professor of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in film history. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2010-2011), the Kellett Mid-Career Award from the Graduate School at the UW-Madison (2009), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2003). In addition to the forthcoming Trapped in Time: Film Rhythm After Sound, Jacobs is the author of Wages of Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman Film (1991) and The Decline of Sentiment: American Film in the 1920s (2008). She has also written several book chapters (e.g., “Hollywood’s Conception of its Audience in the 1920s” (with Andrea Cominskey) in Steve Neale’s Classical Hollywood Reader (2012)) as well as articles in refereed journals (e.g., “The Innovation of Re-recording in the Hollywood Studios” published in Film History (2012)), and edited special journal issues (e.g., “Before Screwball,” a special issue of Film History (2001)). As a team member of Project Arclight, Jacobs will serve as film history domain expert. Alongside Michele Hilmes, she will investigate historical questions using Arclight, advise on the user experience, and publish journal articles based on the findings.