Amanda Greer

PhD Student

Working Dissertation


Read the Room: Etiquette and American Cinematic Form, 1946-1960


Meghan Sutherland


Amanda is a fourth-year PhD student at the CSI. She was excited to return to U of T after completing an Hon. BA in Cinema Studies and English there in 2015, and an MA in Film Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2017. Her work focuses on aesthetics, cinematic form, etiquette, feminist theory, American cinema, critical race theory, and Classical Hollywood. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation explores the intersection between cinematic form and etiquette in post-WWII American cinema, investigating how cinema's aesthetic/formal structure corresponds to strict codes of politeness; this project aims to develop a theory of etiquette, a concept all but ignored and pejoratively feminized throughout intellectual history. Her work can be found in Film Criticism,The New Review of Film & Television, Sound Studies, and Film History. Amanda is the Assistant Production Editor for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (formerly Cinema Journal). She is also a 2020-2021 Doctoral Fellow with the Centre for Ethics at U of T.


  • 2020-2021 Doctoral Fellowship, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
  • 2019 Graduate Student Essay Prize, Comedy SIG, Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • 2018-2021 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2017-2021 University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Sciences Top (FAST) Fellowship
  • 2016 William M. Jones Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, American Culture Association


MA, University of British Columbia
BA (Hons), University of Toronto