Michaela Owens

Associate Instructor

Contact Information

  • Office Hours:
    3:45-5:45 pm, Tuesdays in Franklin Hall's commons area
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  • Research and Creative Interests

    film history, classical Hollywood cinema, cinema & media theory and criticism, film studies, gender studies, star studies,


    I'm currently pursuing an M.A. in Cinema and Media Studies, having already graduated IU with a B.A. in Communication and Culture. I love film history, more specifically the Golden Age of Hollywood (1930s-1960s). Classic films have gained an immense significance in my life, and every day I am moved by the talent, the ambition, and the hard work that created possibly the richest, most fascinating period in our cinematic history.

    Discussing the actresses of this period is one of my passions, both personally and academically, and shining a light on their contributions is a goal of mine. I hope to accomplish this partly with a thesis that looks at the careers of athletes-turned-box office sensations Sonja Henie and Esther Williams. These women crafted their own genres; had unique personas that represented different kinds of femininity; and, thanks to their irreplaceability, had power in a studio system that liked rendering stars powerless.

    While my primary focus is on American cinema, in 2016 I studied in Paris and Prague for two months to learn about French and Czech cinema. I lived in two very different cultures and I gained more perspective about transnational cinema. I visited many amazing historical spaces, such as La Cinémathèque Française, the movie palace Le Luxor, and Barrandov Studios. At the Karel Zeman Museum in Prague, I co-created a short animated film that can be seen here.

    In addition to being a graduate student and an Associate Instructor, I am also thrilled to be the editor of A Place for Film, IU Cinema's blog. You can read the articles I've contributed here. I have been an ardent fan of the Cinema for many years, and have been a volunteer usher there since 2016.


    Johns, Jackie, Michaela Owens, Veronica Passarelli, and Claire Tokash. "Fosse's Battle." The Pipe and the Barrow 5 (2014): 61-67. Print.