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Dr Jeff Scheible

Scheible_JeffLecturer in Film Studies


Tel +44 (0)20 7848 0205

Film Studies Department
King's College London
446N Norfolk Building
Strand Campus



Jeff Scheible received a PhD and MA in Film and Media Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. He previously taught at SUNY Purchase in New York and before that was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Concordia University in Montreal. 

Research Interests
  • Media theory and history
  • Visual culture of digital media
  • American cinema and culture
  • Contemporary documentary
  • Comedy

Jeff Scheible’s research is focused on theorizing and historicizing contemporary media. It is interdisciplinary and comparative, drawing on film, digital culture, television, video, philosophy, and art. His first book, Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation, was published by University of Minnesota Press in 2015. The book examines how punctuation and typographical marks have been redefined and have become increasingly ubiquitous across visual culture and everyday life since the emergence of networked computing. It received the Media Ecology Association’s Susanne K. Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Symbolic Form. Other research he has published considers topics such as media circulation and redistribution after video store closures and an emerging genre of computer-mediated romance narratives in recent cinema. He is currently at work on a handful of projects: one examining linkages between “depth” as a visual and philosophical concept; another revolving around citizenship, surveillance, and documentary; and a third on the cinematic reappropriation of online video. 

Jeff is open to supervising PhDs engaged with current debates in the arts or humanities and pertaining to: the aesthetics and visual culture of digital media; intersections of film and new media; media textuality; space, environment, and media circulation; contemporary documentary, independent/experimental filmmaking, television, or comedy; or mediations of race, sexuality, or politics in contemporary American culture. 

Selected Publications
  • Digital Shift: The Cultural Logic of Punctuation (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)
  • “Longing to Connect: Cinema’s Year of OS Romance,” Film Quarterly 68, no. 1 (Fall 2014)
  • “Video after Video Stores,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 23, no. 1 (Spring 2014)
  • “Within, Aside, and Too Much: On Parentheticality across Media,” American Literature 85, no. 4 (December 2013)
  • “Depth of Field” and “Long Take” in The Encyclopedia of Film Theory, ed. Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland (Routledge, 2013)

Jeff covers a wide range of topics, media forms, genres, and critical perspectives across his teaching.  

In 2017-2018, he teaches Race, Cinema, and American Culture; Media Aesthetics (MA); and Film and New Media.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Jeff is a founding editor of Media Fields Journal, an online, open-access journal featuring medium-length essays, audiovisual interviews, and creative work that explore the intersections of media and space in each themed issue.

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