Wesleyan portrait of Lisa A. Dombrowski

Lisa A. Dombrowski

Professor of East Asian Studies

Mansfield Freeman Center, 102

Professor, Film Studies

Center for Film Studies,


BA Wesleyan University
MA University of Wisconsin at Madison
PHD University of Wisconsin at Madison

Lisa A. Dombrowski

Lisa Dombrowski’s research concerns the art and business of filmmaking, with an emphasis on American independent cinema, East Asian cinema, and international art cinema. She is the author of The Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I’ll Kill You! (2008), the editor of Kazan Revisited (2011), and the co-editor with Justin Wyatt of ReFocus: The Later Works and Legacy of Robert Altman (2022). She has contributed book chapters to Screening American Independent Film (2023), Resetting the Scene: Classical Hollywood Revisited (2021); United Artists: Hollywood Centenary (2020);  Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle Through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos (2018); Silent Features: The Development of Silent Feature Films, 1914-1934 (2018); Behind the Silver Screen: Cinematography (2014); and Widescreen Worldwide (2010). Her articles have also appeared in Film History, Film Quarterly, Film Comment, The Velvet Light Trap, The New York Times, and the Criterion Collection, among others. She is currently learning Cantonese while researching and developing a digital humanities project on Chinatown Movie Theaters in North America.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, rm 102

Office hours: M & W 3:00-4:00pm or by appointment


Spring 2024
CEAS 306 - 01
Cinema in American Chinatowns

FILM 350 - 01
International Art Cinema

Fall 2024
CEAS 346 - 01
Contemporary East Asian Cinema

FILM 348 - 01
Postwar American Independent