John White

Senior Lecturer, Film and Media

Link Tutor, Journalism and Media, UCP

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film , Media , Creative writing

John currently teaches undergraduate media, film and writing modules.


John is the co-author of textbooks for both AS and A2 Film Studies published by Routledge and a former examiner for A-level film studies. He previously worked for almost ten years as a journalist.

Research interests

  • British cinema post-1945
  • American westerns
  • European art cinema


  • BSc Natural Sciences, Open University, 2003
  • Certificate in Natural Sciences, Open University, 1998
  • MA English Literature: 1890-1930, Hatfield Polytechnic, 1986
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Cambridge University, 1982
  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, 1981
  • Certificate in Journalism, National Council for the Training of Journalists, 1978.

Selected recent publications

White, J., 2019. The Contemporary Western: An American Genre Post-9/11. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

White, J., 2018. 'The "Liberal Left" Response to Twenty-First Century Nationalism: Le Week-end (2013) and I, Daniel Blake (2016).' In: Harvey, J. ed., Nationalism in Contemporary Western European Cinema. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

White, J., 2017. Ideology and Boetticher’s Westerns from the late 1950s. In: Rhodes, G. and Singer, R. eds., ReFocus: Budd Boetticher. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

White, J., 2016. Directing and screenwriting in Daves’ Westerns from the 1950s. In: Carter, M. and Nelson A.P. eds., ReFocus: Delmer Daves. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

White, J., 2016. European Art Cinema. New York and London: Routledge.

Barrow, S., Haenni, S. and White, J. (Eds.), 2014. Routledge Encyclopedia of Films. New York and London: Routledge.

White, J., 2011. Westerns. New York and London: Routledge.

Recent presentations and conferences

'Contemporary captivation with the twin absorptions of the inexplicable nature of evil and celebrity status as expressed in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward, Robert Ford.’ Current Thinking on the Western, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, Leeds University, 2014.

‘Cinematic Stardom, John Wayne and the Post-war Western: Issues in the Construction of Post-war American Identity.’ London Film and Media Conference, Institute of Education, University of London, 2011.