Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Professor of Global Studies

Member Of:
  • School of Modern Languages
  • Atlanta Global Studies Center
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116 Swann Building


Dr. Anna Westerstahl Stenport is a Professor of Global Studies and her research and teaching expertise includes transnational cinema and media, modern literature and drama, and visual and cultural studies. As PI of an International Studies Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies (NRC-FLAS; $2.25 million) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Stenport serves as the founding co-Director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), a consortium with Georgia State University. During the period August 2016-July 2021, she served as Chair of the School of Modern Languages, leading a dynamic group of seventy tenure-stream faculty, lecturers, post-docs, and staff. She provided oversight to the unit’s multi-varied research foci, academic and curricular priorities, numerous study abroad programs in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and supported the public engagement mission of the School. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley (2004). 

Dr. Stenport is an expert in Arctic and Nordic cinema, media, and cultural studies. She has published widely on these topics in journals such as Camera Obscura, Cinema Journal, Convergence, Environmental Media, Film History, Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, Media, Culture & Society, and The Moving Image. Her books include the groundbreaking volume Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic (Edinburgh UP, 2015; co-ed. w/ Scott MacKenzie), the first comprehensive examination of filmmaking in the global circumpolar north from 1896 to the present; Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the Age of Exploration to the Era of the Anthropocene (Palgrave Studies in World Environmental History series, 2017; co-ed. w/ Lill-Ann Körber & Scott MacKenzie); and Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos (Indiana UP, 2019; co-ed w/ Lilya Kaganovsky and Scott MacKenzie). She is currently completing a monograph on 21st-century Arctic cinema and media. Current sponsored research includes “Visualizing Climate Change Through Arctic Moving Images,” funded by an Insight grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Stenport also co-curates Arctic film programs at conferences (ASTRA 2015, Visible Evidence 2015, SASS 2016,) and for film festivals, including the Annual Polar Film Festival at the Explorers Club in NYC (2016-2020), the 13th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest (2016), and the European Union Film Festival, Chicago (2017).

Her scholarship on contemporary Scandinavian film includes Nordic Film Cultures and Cinemas of Elsewhere (Edinburgh UP, 2019; co-ed with Arne Lunde); a monograph on New Queer Cinema director Lukas Moodysson’s Show Me Love, published in the Nordic Film Classics series (U Washington P, 2012); and articles in a special Moodysson issue of Scandinavica (51:3, 2014). She has also written extensively about Scandinavian popular culture, including Nordic Noir crime fiction and film and the Millenium series, and was interviewed on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show on the topic. 

As a scholar of modernism in literature, theatre, and the visual arts, Dr. Stenport most recently published August Strindberg and Visual Culture: The Emergence of Optical Modernity in Theater, Text, and Image (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019; co-ed w/ Eszter Szalczer and Jonathan Schroeder). Her work has been featured in ARTMargins, Comparative Literature, English Language Notes, Modern Drama, and Modernism/Modernity, among many other journals. She is an expert on playwright, novelist, and artist August Strindberg, and her publications in this area include Locating August Strindberg’s Prose: Modernism, Transnationalism, Setting (U Toronto P, 2010), The International Strindberg: New Critical Essays (ed., Northwestern UP, 2012), and Strindberg and Radicalism – Strindberg and the Avant-Garde: A Hundred Year Legacy, an extended special issue of the journal Scandinavian Studies (2012 84:3; co-edited w/Eszter Szalczer). 

Before joining Georgia Tech in 2016, Dr. Stenport held the position of Conrad Humanities Scholar and Professor of Scandinavian Studies – with appointments in Comparative Literature, Gender and Women’s Studies, Global Studies, Media and Cinema Studies, and Theatre – at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There she also served as Director of the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research, on the advisory board for the university's Honors Program, and as Director of the European Union Center, a Title VI National Resource Center and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence. She has been a Visiting Professor and Anna Lindh Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley; Queen’s University, Canada; and at several institutions in Scandinavia, including the Universities of Gothenburg and Stockholm; the Danish Film Institute; and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where she has taught in the interdisciplinary field site summer program Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

Anna has published more than six dozen peer-reviewed articles and chapters and has given hundreds of presentations about her research and academic interests. She can be contacted at



Research Fields:
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Europe
  • Europe (North)
  • North America
  • Environment
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Digital Communication
  • Digital Humanities
  • Documentary
  • Education Policy
  • Film History and Theory
  • Globalization and Localization
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Historiography
  • History and Memory
  • Intercultural Issues
  • Language and Popular Culture
  • Media
  • Mediatized Culture
  • Migration
  • Modernity
  • Performance
  • Science and Technology
  • Sustainability


  • GMC-6001: Global Media & Cultures
  • LMC-3257: Global Cinema
  • ML-8801: Special Topics

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