- Fulbright Award (1999)
Michael Curtin served as an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at IU from 1996 to 2001. He first joined IU in 1990 as an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunications and also served as director of cultural studies from 1994 to 1999. Curtain left IU for an appointment as professor of communications arts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he served from 2001 to 2009 and also served as their director of global studies from 2004 to 2008. In 2009, he accepted a faculty position at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he is currently the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies with affiliated appointments in Global Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. Curtain also serves as director of the Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative at UC Santa Barbara and associate researcher at the Center for Sociological and Political Research in Paris (CRESPPA). He has held visiting professorships or research appointments at Northwestern University, Renmin University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica, and the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University. Curtin’s research interests center around media globalization, cultural geography, industry and policy studies, and creative labor. He received his A.B. in History from Brown University in 1977, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1986 and 1990. Curtain is the executive editor of global-e: A Global Studies Journal and co-editor of International Screen Industries, a book series of the British Film Institute. In 1999, he received a Fulbright award to serve as a research fellow in the Institute of Ethnology at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.