Dr Ruth Vasey

Casual Professional Research

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Bedford Park (125B)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Ruth Vasey's academic career started with an interest in theatre and comparative culture.  Having studied Drama at UNSW she spent four years at the East-West Center in Hawaii where she studied Asian theatre and music, and also worked as a program selector for the Hawaii International Film Festival.  On her return to Australia she taught in the Film Studies program at UNSW.  A Commonwealth Scholarship enabled her to undertake doctoral studies in England, where researched Hollywood's relationship with its international audiences.  Her book on this subject won the prestigious international Kraszna-Kraus Moving Picture Book Award in 1997.  She has since published widely on the idustrial, social and aesthetic history of the American cinema.  She lives with her husband, Richard Maltby, and their son Ben in the Adelaide Hills.
  • BA (Hons) (UNSW)
  • MA (University of Hawaii)
  • PhD (University of Exeter)
Honours, awards and grants
  • East-West Center Scholarship (US Government)
  • Commonwealth Scolarship (British Government)
  • Kraszna-Kraus Moving Picture Book Award
Teaching interests
  • Cinema history
  • The globalisation of screen media
  • Media censorship and regulation.
Topic coordinator
SCRN2000 The Hollywood Industry
SCME3999 Globalisation and Entertainment Media
Topic lecturer
SCME2000 The Hollywood Industry
SCME1002 Convergence Cultures
Supervisory interests
American cinema
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Commercial film industries (4)
  • Cinema History:
Further information
Ruth will be absent from the University on leave in 2014.