Professor of Film & Media Studies, University of California, Irvine

Catherine Liu is professor in Visual Studies and Film and Media Studies. She is interested in critical theory and psychoanalysis.

Her recent work addressed the evolution of higher education policy in an age of economic polarization.

She is the author of The American Idyll: Academic Anti-Elitism as Cultural Critique, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2011. This book looks at the evolution of cultural populism as a political strategy

She has published on surveillance and cinema as well as surveillance and media culture.

Her new research focuses on risk, competition, play, measurement, psychoanalysis in global media, and strangely enough, sports, D.W. Winnicott, and the cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien.

She is also the author of Oriental Girls Desire Romance (a novel), Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton, "Lacan’s Afterlife: Jacques Lacan Meets Andy Warhol" in The Cambridge Companion to Lacan, and is the co-editor of The Dreams of Interpretation: A Century Down the Royal Road.

She is currently at work on a book on the spatial imagination in D.W. Winnicott, David Harvey and the cinema of Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Film & Media Studies, University of California, Irvine