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Lauren Steimer

Assistant Professor
Film and Media Studies Program
University of South Carolina

Office: 217 McMaster
Phone Number: (803) 777-6673
Lauren Steimer


  • Ph.D. Cinema Studies, New York University, 2010


  • Professor Steimer’s current book project addresses the manner in which cultural policies, economic climates, and industry structures affect the trained laboring bodies of martial arts performers and the way that the spectacles that these artists produce are changed by such structures. Her recent work on stunt workers in transnational media industries has been published in Discourse and the Transnational Star Reader. She taught in Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, where she was Professor of the Year for the School of Humanities in 2007 and in 2012.


  • Hong Kong Cinema
  • Hitchcock
  • Contemporary British Television Policy
  • The Musical
  • Action Heroines
  • Moving Image Pornography
  • New Hollywood Cinema

Areas of Specialization 

  • Hong Kong Action Cinema
  • Film Exhibition History
  • Stardom, Labor, and the Body