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 is co-editing ReFocus: The Later Works and Legacy of Robert Altman (2021) with Justin Wyatt for University of Edinburgh Press's American Directors Series. She has contributed book chapters to Classical Studies in the 21st Century (2020); 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 New York Times, and the Criterion Collection, among others. She is currently 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 5:00-6:00pm or by appointment


Fall 2023
CEAS 372 - 01
Hong Kong Cinema

FILM 388 - 01
Advanced Global Film Auteurs

Spring 2024
CEAS 306 - 01
Cinema in American Chinatowns

FILM 350 - 01
International Art Cinema