Nadi Tofighian is a researcher and lecturer at the Section for Cinema Studies at the Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University. He has previously been a lecturer at Linnaeus University, Örebro University and at De La Salle University Manila, and a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University in 2015-2016. He is a special issues editor for Early Popular Visual Culture, a member of the board of the Swedish Film Institute, and currently working on his monograph ‘Let the American Show You’: Early Cinema in U.S. Colonial Territories.
My research interests include colonial history, early cinema, film distribution, documentary and ethnographic film, postcolonial theory, and Southeast Asia. My current project ‘Let the American Show You’: Cinema in U.S. Colonial Territories, 1898-1919 examines how U.S. government institutions and private film companies employed cinema as a colonial tool during the first decades of annexing its five occupied territories: the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guam, and Hawaii.