Project Staff

Project Directors

Alison Winter

Alison Winter is Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago and a member of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science and the Committee on the History of Culture. Winter’s interests center on the sciences of mind, and more broadly the human sciences, since the eighteenth century.  Her research has focused on the history of modern medicine, the historical construction of orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the sciences and medicine, modern British history (especially Victorian studies) and historical issues of gender. Her first book developed a social and cultural history of mesmerism in Victorian Britain (
Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain, 2000, University of Chicago Press). Her forthcoming book (2011, University of Chicago Press) focuses on the scientific study and medical extraction of memory in America and Britain.

Tom Gunning

Tom Gunning is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, and the College at the University of Chicago. Gunning works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work has concentrated on early cinema (from its origins to World War I) as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose (relating it to still photography, stage melodrama, magic lantern shows, as well as wider cultural concerns such as the tracking of criminals, the World Expositions, and Spiritualism). His book D.W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Film (University of Illinois Press, 1994) traces the ways film style interacted with new economic structures in the early American film industry and with new tasks of story telling. He has also written on genre in Hollywood cinema and on the relation between cinema and technology. Other interests include: international early and silent cinema; American avant-garde cinema; Hollywood film genres; Japanese cinema; directors’ styles (especially, Lang, Griffith, Von Sternberg, Hitchcock, Godard, Bresson and Borzage); Film historiography; Film exhibition and spectatorship; and Modernist cinema of the 1920s (Soviet, French and German).


Research Fellow

Caitjan Gainty

Caitjan Gainty is currently completing her dissertation at the University of Chicago. Her work examines the history of American medicine, particularly in terms of its intersection with technology, media and mass publics, over the course of the twentieth century. Her first article, which examines the early-twentieth century motion studies of surgery conducted by efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, will appear in Representations in Spring 2012. Gainty has had a great deal of experience shooting, directing, producing and editing video and has recently expanded upon these experiences to gain expertise in both film archival and digitization practices and in the more global digital history concerns that these practices point to. She is also the website’s content manager.

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