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Dr Mike Allen

  • Overview



    Mike Allen became part of the teaching team on the British Film Institute/Birkbeck College MA in Film and Television programme when he became Research Officer at the BFI in 1996.

    His research for the BFI involved the development of interactive multimedia programmes to aid the study of film and television.

    Subsequently, in 1999, when the MA programme moved fully to Birkbeck to help form the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, he was appointed as Lecturer in Film, Television and Electronic Media.

    Prior to this, he had also taught Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, Royal Holloway College and University of North London. In a previous incarnation in the 1980s, he was a manager at Rank Video, Europe's largest video production and duplication company.

    Mike's PhD was an examination of the narrative and formal structures of the feature films of the great early American film director D.W. Griffith. In recent years, however, his research focus has been on the history and cultural impact of media technologies.

    Mike is also a member of the Editorial Board for SCOPE online journal of film studies and has been a contributor to BBC Radio programmes on film

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director, MA in Film and Screen Media


  • Research


    Research overview

    The History of Media Technologies,

    Early American and British Cinema, Modern American Cinema

    Post-WWII British Film and Television

    Contemporary American Film and Television

    Digital Culture and Interactive Media

    Representations of the Cold War and the Space Age.

    Early Modern Media in India

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of my areas of research interest

    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni since 2013-14