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Annette Kuhn took Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Sociology at the University of Sheffield and a PhD on the history of film censorship at the University of London. She embarked on an academic career in 1989, joining the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer in Film and Television Studies in January of that year.

She had previously worked as a writer, lecturer and editor, with posts in publishing and television production, and for some years was a lecturer on the (then) Polytechnic of Central London's pioneering part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Film Studies, on which she had been among the first cohort of students.

At Glasgow she was promoted to Reader in Film and Television Studies in 1991, and in 1998 moved to Lancaster University as Reader in Cultural Research. She was promoted to Professor of Film Studies in 2000.

She has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, at Mount Holyoke College (as Fulbright Senior Research Scholar), and at Stockholm University; and in 2004 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

She has been a working co-editor of Screen for many years, and is currently on the editorial boards of Secuencias: revista de historia del cine; International Journal of Cultural Studies; Journal of British Cinema; Intensities: Online Journal of Cult Media and Visual Studies.

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