Kuhu Tanvir


Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyEnglishFilm Studies

Assistant Professor
Film and Media Studies; Digital Humanities; Global and Diasporic Studies; Postcolonial Studies


Kuhu Tanvir‘s research is on non-theatrical circulation of popular Hindi cinema. Her work engages with ideas of media afterlives and transmediation, with a focus on the intersections between popular cinema, television, computers, cellphones and piracy. Her work aims to expand questions of viewing practices, particularly in the digital age, by examining the media landscape of the Global South where the configurations of media infrastructure are drastically different from their counterparts in the developed world. She is currently working on her first book, Cinema in Fragments. 

Tanvir is also one of the founding editors of the film and media studies journal Wide Screen. The journal was established in 2008, and since 2012, she has served as the editor-in-chief. In addition to general issues of the journal, she has been the commissioning editor for numerous special issues, including those on videogame adaptations, documentary film as art practice, film and the production of space, and the networks of the Indian studio system. She co-edited the issue on the centenary of Indian cinema in 2013 with Kartik Nair. 

Her work has appeared in journals such as BioScope, NECSUS, and South Asian Popular Culture. 

Ph.D: Film and Media Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2019)

M.Phil: Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (2012)

M.A: English, Delhi University (2007)

B.A: English, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (2005)


Bollywood and Indian Cinema

Introduction to New Media

Cellphones and Popular Culture

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