Adam Knee is Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Media & Creative Industries at Singapore’s Lasalle College of the Arts. Prior to this, he held appointments at University of Nottingham Ningbo China (where he was Head of the School of International Communications and Professor of Film and Media Studies), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), and Ohio University (US); and earlier still at other universities in the US, Australia, Taiwan, and Thailand. He has also been a Fulbright grantee (in Thailand) and a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published widely on topics of US and Southeast Asian popular film—focussing in particular on issues of genre, celebrity, race, and gender. He is a co-editor of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies and also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Critical Asian Cinemas book series from Amsterdam University Press, the Taylor & Francis journal Celebrity Studies, and Plaridel Journal.
Adam Knee’s current and near-future research focuses in particular on two main topic areas — firstly, the Southeast Asian horror film, and secondly, the representation of Southeast Asia (and especially Thailand) on screen. With regards to the former topic, Knee is interested in a comparative approach which highlights politically and culturally symptomatic trends and salient differences in genre productions from across the region. With regards to the latter, Knee has focused in particular upon historical shifts in the construction of “Thailand” as a kind of globally present imaginary construct, with suggestive continuities and differences among countries and regions.