ProfessorAdam Knee


Professor Adam Knee

Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Media & Creative Industries
  • PhD Cinema Studies, New York University, USA
  • MA Cinema Studies, New York University, USA
  • BA English and Film and Video Studies, University of Michigan, USA

Prior to joining LASALLE, Professor Knee held the post of Head of School of International Communications at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, from 2013 to 2017. During the last eight months of that appointment, he was also a research fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, the Netherlands.

He has formerly held teaching posts at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (where he has also served as the Head of Division of Broadcast and Cinema Studies), and Ohio University, USA, and served as a Fulbright grantee at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

His teaching and research in recent years have focused upon contemporary Southeast Asian cinema, while he has also retained earlier interests in issues of race, gender, stardom and genre in American popular film. He serves on the editorial boards of Celebrity Studies (Routledge) and the re-launched Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media.

Professional Association

Editorial Appointment

  • 2014–present: Book Series Co-editor, Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies, from inception in 2014 (with May Tan-Mullins)
  • 2013–present: Editorial Board Member, Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media , from re-launch in 2013
  • 2010–present: Outer Editorial Board Member, Celebrity Studies (Routledge), from inception in 2010
Professional Practice/Research Output (Over Last Five Years)


  • Horror, in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies, ed. Krin Gabbard (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • 2017: Training the Body Politic: Networked Masculinity and the ‘War on Terror’ in Hollywood Film, in American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11, ed. Terence McSweeney (Edinburgh UP)
  • 2016: Vegetable Discourses in the 1950s US Science Fiction Film, in Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film, ed. Dawn Keetley and Angela Tenga (Palgrave)
  • 2015: Chiang Mai and the Cinematic Spaces of Thai Identity in Asian Cinema and the Use of Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, ed. Lilian Chee and Edna Lim (Routledge)
  • 2015: Gender, Genre, Argento, in The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film, ed. Barry Keith Grant (2nd ed., U of Texas P, 2015; reprint of 1996 essay), pp. 241–258
  • 2014: Reincarnating Mae Nak: The Contemporary Cinematic History of a Thai Icon, in Horror Studies 5, no. 2
  • Invited Speaker

    • 2017: Speaker in panel on Tati’s Films: The Influence of Tati on Cinema Today. National Museum of Singapore. 28 May
    • 2016: The Legacy of William Greaves. Keynote speech, Seminar on Documentary Theory and Practice. Beijing Film Academy. 16–17 June
    • 2014: The Future is Scarlett: Critical and Philosophical Considerations of a Posthuman Star Image, in a workshop at the Shanghai Theatre Academy on Imagining the Future: The Utopian, the Dystopian, and the Posthuman. Workshop at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. 14 November. Co-author: David H. Fleming
    • 2014: East by Southeast: Encounters with Thailand in Contemporary East Asian Cinema. Department of Media and Communications Research Seminar. City University of Hong Kong. 29 September
    • 2014: Chiang Mai and the Cinematic Environments of Thai Identity. Environmental Visions Symposium. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 24–26 January
    • 2013: Presentation on Wong Kar-wai and Chungking Express. Bophana Cineclub meeting at FilmCampKH 2013. Pannasastra University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 23 March

    Conference Paper Presented

    • 2017: Around the World with Thailand: The Evolution of a Global Imaginary, at the International Convention of Asia Scholars. Chiang Mai, Thailand. 20–23 July
    • 2017: Still Hung Over?: Hollywood’s Decade in Thailand, at the 13th International Conference on Thai Studies. Chiang Mai, Thailand. 15–18 July
    • 2017: The New Chinese Horror Film: Regulating the Borders of the Fantastic, at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Chicago, IL. 22–26 March
    • 2016: China in Thailand: Examination of a Recent Cinematic Phenomenon, at the Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) Conference. SOAS, London. 16–18 September
    • 2016: Long Ago, So Close: Hong Kong Cinema’s Continuing Encounters with Thailand, at the 9th Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 19–22 July
    • 2016: The Analogue Strikes Back: Star Wars, Star Authenticity and Cinematic Anachronism, at the Celebrity Studies Journal Conference. Amsterdam, NL. 28–30 June. Co-author: David H. Fleming
    • 2016: China in Thailand: Examination of a Recent Cinematic Phenomenon, at the 3rd Annual Huallywood Film Research Center Conference. Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China. 14–5 May
    • 2016: Training the Body Politic: Media, the Body, and the ‘War on Terror’ in Unstoppable and Source Code, at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Atlanta, GA. 30 March–3 April