Associate Professor, University of Kansas
Asian Languages & Cultures PhD, 2000
Michael Baskett is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies. His area of specialization is Japanese film studies and research interests in East Asian film, transnational and diasporic cinemas, early cinema, and colonial film culture.
Baskett earned his doctoral degree from UCLA, was a Fulbright fellow in Japanese film at Waseda University (Tokyo) and a Japan Foundation Visiting Professorship at Meiji University (Tokyo). Previously, Baskett worked in the Japanese film industry in distribution, exhibition, and production and was an assistant director on the 1995 feature films Flirt directed by Hal Hartley (Henry Fool, Amateur) and the 1997 feature film The Soong Sisters directed by Mabel Cheung (An Autumn's Tale, Beijing Rocks). Baskett serves as the Film/DVD Editor for The Moving Image, the journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).