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James M. Burns

James M. Burns

Professor and Director of the Humanities Hub

Office: 101 A Strode Tower
Phone: 864-656-5373

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (1998)


Africa, British Empire, History of Cinema

Professor Burns is a specialist in African history and the social history of film. Dr. Burns' first book, Flickering Shadows: Cinema and Identity in Colonial Zimbabwe, was named by Choice magazine as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2002. He is the co-author with Robert O. Collins of A History of Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2007, 2nd edition 2013) His new monograph Cinema and Society in the British Empire, 1895-1940, was published by Palgrave/Macmillan in summer of 2013. For Dr. Burns' course syllabi, curriculum vitae, and other useful resources, please visit his webpage at

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