Dr Mark Glancy

Reader in Film History

Location Arts Two 4.12

Email: h.m.glancy@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8358

I undertook my undergraduate degree at the University of Lancaster and completed an MA and PhD at the University of East Anglia. I am the founder and convenor of the Film History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London, and also a frequent contributor to BBC History magazine.


My latest book, Hollywood and the Americanization of Britain, from the 1920s to the present (I.B. Tauris, 2013), is a study of British audiences and the reception of Hollywood films in Britain. This reflects my longstanding interest in transatlantic perspectives on film history. My first book, When Hollywood Loved Britain (Manchester University Press, 1999) was a study of Hollywood's representation of Britain during the Second World War. My next book will be a study of the most transatlantic of all film stars, Cary Grant.

Other research interests include:

• Alfred Hitchcock
• Anglo-American relations
• American and British film audiences,
• Cinema-going in Britain and the USA
• Film culture, including film criticism and fan magazines
• Historical films
• the Hollywood studio system
• London in films
• Propaganda and the Second World War

Current PhD Students

  • Anna Christou – Hollywood Exports the American Family: responses, audiences and contexts in post-war Britain

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • Any area of film history
  • American cultural history
  • British cultural history



Selected articles and chapters


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant, ‘Temporary American Citizens: British Audiences and Hollywood Films’ (2006)
  • Westfield Trust Grant, Cinemagoing in the Second World War' (2004)

Membership of professional associations or societies

Editorial Positions

I was the guest editor of a special issue of The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (volume 31, number 4, 2011) that centred on new approaches to the study of British cinema and the Second World War. I have also served as a referee for many publishers and scholarly journals. These include:

Appearances in the media

My articles for BBC History magazine analyse the representation of an historical event or figure across different films. These include articles on:

Other media appearances include interviews that have appeared in the Sunday Post (2011), the Associated Press (2011), the Independent (2010), the Times (2008), and the Voice of America (2008).

I have also been interviewed by ARD (German public radio, 2013), SRG SSR (Swiss public radio, 2013), BBC Radio Four’s Back Row programme (2004), and in documentaries produced by Studio Canal (for the DVD release of Lady Hamilton, 2009) and the Open University ('Anglo-American Relations in Cinema: A Common Culture', 2002).