Alaina Schempp

Alaina Schempp


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I’m interested in supervising MA and PhD research projects or practice as research projects in film theory and the philosophy of the moving image, film and emotion, temporality and timing of film, television, video, and other media such as video games and comics, as well as analytic-cognitive and neo-formalist approaches to film and media studies. I’d be particularly keen to supervise film and media research projects or practice as research projects that examine screenwriting as an artform, feminism, LGBTQ+ studies, cultural analysis, and/or new media.

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Personal profile


I received my BA in 2006 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I double-majored in English Language & Literature and Film & Video Studies with a minor in Screenwriting. I practiced screenwriting and worked as a freelance video editor in Los Angeles before completing a research MA in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 2012. I received a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury in 2019 with a dissertation entitled A Poetics of Time and Timing in the Moving Image, which I am currently turning into a book.

Research interests

My current research interests include the perception of temporality and timing in the moving image with special attention to comic and suspense timing in contemporary genre films. I have presented my research at international conferences including the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Conference, the International Conference for Philosophy and Film, the Conference for Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, and the British Psychological Society Conference on Temporal Experience.


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