Julia Erhart is an internationally recognised feminist film scholar and expert in the fields of feminist, LGBTQ, and documentary media. She is author of three books, Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury 2018), Gillian Armstrong: popular, sensual & ethical cinema (Edinburgh UP 2020), and The Children’s Hour (McGill-Queens UP forthcoming 2023).
Julia has a track record of data-driven research examining gender equity and the Australian screen industry an established reputation for research on women’s media authorship and output. Her first book Gendering History on Screen (2018) examines innovations by women filmmakers in contemporary biopics, war films, and other genres. Her monograph on Gillian Armstrong (2020) combines analyses of prominent themes in Armstrong’s work with an analysis of her practical filmmaking approach. Further filmmakers Julia has produced research about include Australian director Jane Campion and French director Agnes Varda.
Julia has produced substantial research on LGBTQ audiences and commercial media. Her newest book on The Children’s Hour, the first commercial American film to feature a lesbian character in a mainstream role, is forthcoming in 2023.
Julia is the recipient of a grant from the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2016), a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching (2014), and a Fulbright fellowship (2000).
Julia is a nationally recognised teacher. In addition the OLT Citation, she has received the Vice-Chancellor's and the Faculty award for Excellence in Teaching (in 2012). Institutions Julia has taught at include the University of California (Santa Cruz), San Francisco State University, New York University, and Technische Universität Chemnitz. Born and raised in New York City, Julia worked for New Line Cinema, Paperjacks , and as a freelance film editor before becoming an academic. She lives in the Adelaide Hills.
PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
MA, New York University
BA, Brown University
Non-fiction media (documentary, biographical film, historical film); women's media practice; gender and LGBTQ studies in film and television; cultural studies of media; contemporary pedagogies
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2015 -
School of Humanities and Creative Arts Award for Part-time Teaching 2013 -
Pinnacle Foundation supporting LGBTIQ youth, Mentor, 2014 -
Let's Get Equal, Law Reform Lobby Group for Same-Sex Couples in SA, 2006 -
Pink Parents, SA Lesbian, Gay and Queer Parents Lobby/Community Group, 2001 -
Society for Cinema Studies, 1992 -
WIFT (Women in Film and Television)Australia, 1997 -
Opening Address, Cups and Coupling, Premiere Art Gallery, Adelaide, October 2005
Opening Address, MEG Wilderness School Video Launch, Adelaide, 2004
State Selector, Women on Women International Film Festival, Sydney, 2001
Address to Senior Scholars, Fulbright Orientation, Berlin, Sept 2000
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