Dr Christian Long

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I was born and raised, with my three sisters, in the suburbs of Chicago. Before going to university I worked at a multiplex cinema, in my local public library, and on the shop floor of Northwest Structural Steel. I was briefly a contract lecturer at UQ, and now I work in Academic Language and Learning at Queensland University of Technology.

Research Interests

  • Hollywood cinema
    post-classical Hollywood cinema
  • spatial history
  • infrastructuralism

Research Impacts

My current research project, “The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema, 1960-2000,” traces Hollywood cinema’s narrative locations by mapping the popular and critical geography of Hollywood film at the end of the twentieth century. It promises to reveal regularities and discontinuities in the settings for Hollywood films that American and international audiences most watched and admired. Setting matters in terms of narrative, form, and ideology, and this project seeks to locate the narrative, formal and ideological shifts in Hollywood cinema on the map. By combining complex, historically- and geographically-informed readings of representative (and outlier) films with textual analysis of the changing geographies of production, distribution, and exhibition, this project will write a new history of not just of the geography of the films that comprise Hollywood cinema, but of the physical locations that define and place the ‘on-screen’ America and American identity. Such a cartographically-driven approach to film history will focus attention on the changing ways in which filmmakers have used narrative locations to construct “imagined” national and global geographies.


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Long, Christian B. (2015). New Zealand lamb is people: bad taste, black sheep, and farming. In Tom Hertweck (Ed.), Food on film : bringing something new to the table (pp. 201-218) Lanham, MD, United States: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

  • Menne, Jeff and Long, Christian (2015). The fictional lives of American presidents. In Jeff Menne and Christian Long (Ed.), Film and the American Presidency (pp. 1-15) New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

  • Long, Christian (2015). The mysteries of Washington DC: Hollywood's White House tunnels. In Jeff Menne and Christian Long (Ed.), Film and the American Presidency (pp. 251-266) New York, NY, United States: Routledge.

  • Long, Christian (2014). The Pick-Up Artist and the failures of virtuosity. In Erin E. MacDonald (Ed.), Robert Downey Jr. from brat to icon: essays on the film career (pp. 17-28) Jefferson, NC, United States: McFarland.

Journal Article